GERMANY: On September 25 Mitsubishi Electric Corp of Japan announced its first order from DB, covering the supply of IGBT power modules to replace GTO modules in the drives of 46 ICE2 high speed trainsets. Deliveries will follow the approval of the first two upgraded trainsets, with sales of €22m expected by 2019.

Mitsubishi says that the smaller and lighter IGBT modules will reduce power consumption and should extend the working life of the ICE2 fleet. As well as supplying and installing the new traction equipment, the company will test the trains and assist in obtaining approval.