InnoTrans 2018 was another important milestone for the Vectron family. Siemens set the trade fair as the final occassion for customers to order the Vectron DE locomotive. Instead of a full diesel, Siemens now offers the Vectron Dual Mode. In fact, the first two locos are already nearing completion, with loco no.1 being numbered 248 001.
The Vectron Dual Mode shares some specs with its full-diesel predecessor. Most importantly, it houses a 2.4 MW diesel engine. However, it is able to run on 15kV overhead power too. The loco's flexibility allows operators to not have to run on diesel power while travelling on electrified lines, while enjoying the benefits of a full-fledged diesel loco.
Technical specifications include a maximum speed of 160 km/h and a starting tractive effort of 300 kN, as well dynamic transitions between diesel and overhead power. At this moment, only a 15kV version is offered, aiming at the German and Austrian markets. PZB/LZB is standardly delivered, but the loco is ETCS-ready. Multiple traction is possible with both the full electric and diesel Vectrons, as well as the ER 20.