[DE] Official: DB Cargo buys hybrid locomotives from Toshiba; hires 50 more

After completing the feasibility study about a joint development, DB Cargo Deutschland has decided to place an order for 50 hybrid center cab locomotives from Japan.

They will replace 61 old diesel locomotives, and DB Cargo hopes to reduce the energy consumption by 30% and to save around 1 million liters of diesel fuel per year. The HDB 800 features TÜV Rheinland-certified Toshiba SCiB lithium-ion batteries. DB Cargo will also rent a further 50 locomotives.

The preparations for assembly, which will take place at the Rostock maintenance facilities of DB Cargo, will start in 2021. Both Kiel and Rostock were mentioned in the past as possible locations for production; the latter one has won.

The HDB 800 in two different versions – as the locomotive can be diesel, battery and electric. Above you see the version for DB, no pantograph, diesel+electric, below a version that is electric. Toshiba

In addition to a significant lower diesel consumption and lower maintenance costs, the new HDE 800 hybrid locomotives should enable a higher average fleet availability. The battery packs can be charged externally.

In May of 2019, Toshiba, DB Cargo, and Railpool had a dummy locomotive on display during the transport & logistic exhibition in Munich (see below). The locomotive was there to display the many technical features of the new Toshiba design, the final locomotives will have a different design.

Toshiba’s HDB 800 demonstrator at Transport Logistic 2019 Photo: Henk Zwoferink Fotografie 04.06.2019
Toshiba T-HDB 800 dummy locomotive during Transport Logistic 2019