In March 2014, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) became launching customer of the Charger by placing an order with Siemens in conjunction with the Departments of Transportation of Missouri, Michigan, California and Washington for 32 locomotives. The order included a framework contract for 225 additional locomotives. The locomotives will be used on Amtrak-run corridor services.
Of the 32 locomotives, 8 will be delivered to the Washington Department of Transportation (WDOT) in the period 2016-2017. The locomotives will be deployed on Amtrak Cascades services between Portland and Seattle).
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