Ural Locomotives, the Russian joint venture between Siemens and Sinara, has launched operational testing of AC 2ES7 electric freight locomotive. Until the 29th of February, 2ES7 №001 locomotive will carry out a series of test-runs in winter operating conditions on Kartaly – Magnitogorsk – Inzer railway sections of Sverdlovsk Railway network (South Urals), characterized by multiple successive ascents and descents, and maximum gradient of 17-18 ‰.
AC 2ES7 was manufactured by Ural Locomotives in 2013. The vehicle is equipped with asynchronous traction motor and can haul 9,000 tons-trains. It is a high-powered electric locomotives 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.