Ural Locomotives, the Russian joint venture of Siemens and Sinara, has completed operational testing for AC 2ES7 electric freight locomotive.
2ES7 №001 locomotive carried out a series of tests, running over 13.000 km in winter operating conditions on Kartaly – Magnitogorsk – Inzer railway sections of Sverdlovsk Railway network in South Urals. The railway line characterized by multiple successive ascents and descents, and maximum gradient of 17-18 ‰. The maximum weight hauled by 2ES7 was a 8000 tones-train. On the most difficult section Kartaly-Orsk-Orenburg the locomotive managed to haul a 7500 tones train.
According to Ural Locomotives General Manager, Alexander Sultan, 2ES7 locomotive is the first domestic AC mainline freight locomotive to received a certificate of compliance with the technical requirements of the Customs Union safety regulations (Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus).
AC 2ES7 was manufactured by Ural Locomotives in 2013. The vehicle is equipped with asynchronous traction motor, with a 8.8 megawatts of propulsive capacity. The estimated energy consumption of AC 2ES7 is actually 15% to 20% lower compared to latest Russian AC electric locomotives.
In 2014, AC 2ES7 №001 received the compliance certificate of Federal Railway Transport Certification Register and successfully completed performance tests on Gorky Railway.