Deutsche Bahn AG (DB) has awarded Mitsubishi Electric Corporation a project to modernize traction equipment in 46 Intercity Express 2 (ICE-2) High-Speed trains. Products will be sequentially delivered after equipment for the first two trains receives homologation. Total sales of approximately EUR 22 million are expected by fiscal 2019.
Mitsubishi Electric will replace the current gate turn-off thyristor (GTO) power modules with insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) power modules. The upgrade will result in decreased energy consumption and longer train life due to the new modules’ reduced size and weight. Mitsubishi Electric will supply and install the new equipment, test the trains and assist in obtaining homologation.