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Siemens Mobility upgrades Montreal’s public transport

Laura Puttkamer

The company of Siemens Mobility has been awarded a contract by Montreal’s Exo to design, manufacture, and commission ten Charger locomotives.

Greener locomotives for the city of Montreal (c) Siemens Mobility GmbH




Greener locomotives for Montreal

Siemens Mobility has won a contract from Montreal’s Metropolitan Transportation Network Exo to design, manufacture and deliver ten new Charger locomotives. These environmentally friendly trains will replace older locomotives to provide a more sustainable public transport. Their modern technology is expected to increase train availability.

This is Siemens Mobility’s second order for Charger locomotives in Canada. The trains comply with the country’s strict Tier 4 emissions regulations. Charger locomotives are not only less CO2 intensive, but they are also quieter, which will improve the passenger experience.

In addition to the manufacturing contract, Siemens Mobility has offered the option for a spare parts supply agreement.

Sustainable travel with Siemens Mobility

“We are excited to partner with Exo and look forward to working with them to modernise their fleet with the latest in sustainable and intelligent rail technology,” Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, CEO in Canada, said. “Our industry leading locomotives will offer Exo and its passengers a sustainable travel option as well as a pleasant, safe and reliable travel experience. This important project further builds on our work to help Canadian cities upgrade their public transportation infrastructures to meet the growing demand for transportation, and do so in a modern, safe and sustainable way.”

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Charger locomotives are not only less CO2 intensive, but they are also quieter, which will improve the passenger experience. (c) Siemens Mobility GmbH
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The Charger locomotive reaches a tractive effort on starting of 290 kN with a weight of around 120 tons. (c) Siemens Mobility GmbH

The lowest CO2 emissions in the sector

The Charger locomotives are known for their low fuel consumption. They can run on biodiesel and comply with strict regulations, making them “the most sustainable passenger locomotive in the industry”, according to the company. The locomotives feature 95 per cent particulate matter reduction and 89 per cent emissions reduction compared to Tier 0 locomotives.

Overall, Siemens Mobility has seen more than 300 Charger locomotives ordered since 2010. 95 are currently in revenue service, making them the market leader in the Tier 4 locomotive segment. Apart from clients in Canada, there are also many interested parties in the United States. The states of California and Washington have already introduced Charger locomotives into their fleets.

Sustainable state-of-the-art trains

The state-of-the-art trains are powered by a 4,400 horsepower-rated Cummins QSK95 diesel engine. They can operate at speeds of up to 125 miles per hour (201 km/h) and were the first high-speed passenger locomotives to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 4 emissions certificate. This US-American tier system is also applied in Canada.

Siemens Mobility in Canada

The company has been supporting Canada’s transportation industry for more than 40 years. For example, the company has provided light rail vehicles in Edmonton and Calgary and modern train sets for VIA Rail. In addition, Siemens Mobility participated in the electrification of the Kitchener-Waterloo light rail system and in the signaling and train control for Ottawa’s Trillium line.

Recently, Siemens Mobility Canada has acquired Canadian rail service provider RailTerm and added almost 200 employees to its growing team in the country. Currently, the company has 24 offices in Canada with more than 2,500 employees. About 700 of them are based in Québec.

Siemens Mobility, Leader in transport solutions

Siemens Mobility is a company that is managed separately from Siemens AG. It positions itself as a leader in transport solutions with an innovative portfolio in the core areas of rolling stock, rail automation and electrification, turnkey systems, and related services. Another focus of the company is smart infrastructure that increases value sustainability, enhances the passenger experiences, and helps to guarantee availability. Environmentally friendly solutions are also part of it offer.

In the fiscal years 2021, Siemens Mobility has reported a revenue of 9.2 billion Euros with almost 40,000 employees worldwide.

Montreal’s Exo network

Montreal’s public transport system, which also services areas in the surrounding metropolitan area, is known as Exo, or officially as the Réseau de transport métropolitain, RTM. The agency was created in June 2017 and has since become the second busiest public transport system in Canada after Toronto’s GO Transit. Exo focuses on commuter rail and metropolitan bus services.

The Exo trains and buses serve a population of about 4.1 million people with more than 750,000 daily trips. This includes the operation of Montreal’s commuter rail services. The data-driven company positions itself as part of Montreal’s smart city network. The order of 10 Siemens Mobility Charger locomotives is part of Exo’s efforts to provide the best and the most sustainable service for its customers.



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