posted on 16th Nov 2023 12:25
On 16 November 2023 Akiem signed a contract with Newag for delivery of 30 Dragon 2 electric locomotives, with an option for 50 more. Of the 30 fix ordered locomotives ten will be the multi‑system ones and twenty the 3 kV DC locomotives fitted with Last Mile module, both able to haul freight trains of up to 4,200 tonnes.
The multisystem Dragon 2 locomotives of the new Class E6MST will approved for operation in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and the DC locomotives for operation in Poland and for cross‑border station access in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, significantly strengthening Akiem’s offer in the central European market. The contract also includes maintenance services for an eight‑year period starting from the date the 30 locomotives are delivered. The maximum total value of the order will amount to approximately 500 million EUR, including maintenance.
"We are very pleased that Akiem, a leading European locomotive lessor, has chosen our platform of six‑axle Dragon 2 electrics, placing the largest locomotive order by value in the history of our company. We are delighted to welcome Akiem as one of our strategic customers” said Zbigniew Konieczek, Chairman of the management board of Newag.
“Dragon 2s, maintained by Newag, will allow our central European customers to develop new freight services, with heavier trains running at higher speeds and delivering the highest standards of reliability and safety. And the 500 kW HVO‑compatible Last Mile modules will accelerate the transition from diesel towards greener electric traction when operating on partially electrified routes” said Fabien Rochefort, CEO of Akiem.
We asked both companies what is the delivery date of the locomotives. We are waiting for an answer.