Sustainable, Superfast and Safe
High-Speed Rail: Going green at speeds up to 220 mph!
Siemens is ready to bring its leading high-speed rail systems to the U.S. and build them here using sustainable, environmentally friendly technologies and processes.
Siemens has trains operating on some of the most successful rail lines in the world, including Germany, Spain, Russia and China. High-speed rail stimulates the economy, as it creates jobs to build it, and countless support businesses and jobs that will benefit once the system is up and running. The Mobility Division of Siemens is already addressing what the Obama administration aims to do by: - Providing zero-emission transportation options for moving people and goods - Creating jobs - Manufacturing with many green technologies and products - Expanding business operations Siemens has taken concrete steps to expand its manufacturing capacity in the U.S. to meet the demand for diverse urban mobility and infrastructure solutions, ranging from light and high-speed rail to enhanced signaling and safe systems as well as intelligent traffic systems.
Smaller Footprints, Bigger Results
- Siemens‘ portfolio of environmental products is the world’s largest ($28 billion in fiscal 2009) and will help our customers reduce their carbon emissions by 275 million tons by 2011. - While our high-speed trains contribute to lowering emissions, we won’t stop there. We are currently developing a concept for a high-speed rail system that would have a totally carbon neutral footprint. That’s right: very fast trains powered by renewable energy sources—entirely built by Siemens. We have what it takes.
Proud to be an American Company
- Siemens employs more than 60,000 people in the U.S. at more than 700 locations in all 50 states, making us one of the largest and most diverse manufacturing companies in America and a Fortune 150 company. - Siemens Mobility in the U.S. employs more than 2,000 people at more than a dozen locations in seven states and is a leading provider in North America of light rail vehicles, rail automation, signaling and electrification, intelligent traffic solutions and infrastructure logistics. - Siemens Mobility is ready today to help realize the dream of a high-speed rail network built in America by Americans for everyone.
Environmental and Economic Benefits for the U.S.
High-speed rail systems, as part of an upgraded and intermodal urban transportation infrastructure, hold great promise for both the American economy and environment. For example:
- Intercity passenger trains produce two-thirds less CO2 per passenger mile than a car or truck and one-half of an airplane. - Intercity passenger rail consumes 17 percent less energy per passenger mile than airlines and 21 percent less energy per passenger mile than cars. - Just a 10 percent shift from surface transportation to rail transit would save the equivalent of the entire amount of oil imported from Saudi Arabia in one year: 550 million barrels. - Economically, building high-speed rail networks in major urban centers would create tens of thousands of new, permanent jobs and add billions of dollars to the local economies over the long term. - A 2010 economic impact study of the U.S. Conference of Mayors concluded that high-speed rail networks would add significant economic growth by 2035 to cities that build them (cities included Los Angeles, Orlando, Chicago and Albany).
Velaro and Viaggio: Flexibly Fast Systems for Every U.S. Corridor
Depending on where it is built and the type of track required, highspeed rail in the U.S. could be operated at speeds from 110 mph up to 220 mph, and everywhere in between. Siemens has the world’s leading train technologies to meet these diverse requirements:
- The Velaro is the world’s fastest series-produced trainset, with top speeds of 220 mph. Already in operation in Germany, Spain, Russia and China, the Velaro is the perfect choice for the high-speed systems planned for Florida and California. - Energy efficient, the Velaro has a fuel consumption of nearly 700 miles per gallon per passenger seat, making it one of the most environmentally friendly high-speed trains on the market today. - One part of the high-speed vision for Chicago and the Midwest calls for a train that can run on existing tracks that are upgraded and also used by freight rail. With a top speed of 150 mph, our Viaggio train, currently in operation in Austria, is the perfect partner for the Midwest. - The Viaggio can run on existing tracks in the U.S. and also quickly decelerate in curves. Our push-pull Viaggio system is the only highpower intercity train capable of running on diesel and electric traction without any modification of the passengers‘ cars.
Financing HSR with PPPs
- Building America’s high-speed rail network will require diverse sources of funding ranging from federal and state government participation to long-term private sector involvement through public-private partnerships (PPP). Siemens brings to the table its financial knowhow and proven track record of successful PPP-based rail projects in Europe, the U.S. and worldwide. - High-speed rail systems are long-term projects that demand the most financially stable partners for PPP collaboration. With more than 160 years in business and $100 billion in annual revenue, Siemens can help finance high-speed rail systems through its financial arm, Siemens Financial Services, or through other subsidiaries such as Siemens Project Ventures.
= Present Siemens Mobility Division headquarters
= Future site of high speed rail manufacturing facility
The Present and Future of Rail in America
Mobility Division Headquarters
= 2nd full megawatt of solar panels being installed in early-mid 2010
Nearly invisible carbon footprint
More than 90 percent of the electricity used by the Siemens manufacturing facility is replaced by what it captures from the sun.
Dry cut welding – no water waste
Siemens dramatically reduced its water waste by using a special dry-cut welding technology that requires no water disposal.
One-stop manufacturing shop
Siemens’ Sacramento facility can do it all from start to finish: light rail vehicles, street cars, diesel multiple units and high speed rail.
• As Siemens continues to expand its Sacramento manufacturing facility, the company has the flexibility to produce a wider array of products to respond to America’s rail renaissance.
• With planned future expansions, Siemens could add up to 250,000 square feet of additional manufacturing space, for a total of 550,000 square feet, and up to 1,700 direct employees.
More production / less waste
New technologies and practices have reduced volatile organic compound (VOC) waste by more than 50 percent, while production has increased by more than 200 percent in fewer than three years.
With all aspects of the manufacturing process taking place at one facility, Siemens offers customers unparalleled access that is nearly unheard of elsewhere in the U.S. This vertical integration offers optimum project management and quality, from start to finish.
Diversity spoken here
Siemens draws skilled employees from a multitude of cultures and backgrounds, with more than 26 different languages spoken.
A special, on-site welding training center evaluates new recruits and offers veteran welders the opportunity for continued growth and advanced certification.
Up to 82 percent of all the non-food/wet waste materials from the entire Sacramento plant are sent for sorting and recycling, and all emptied 55-gallon drums on the property are either sent back to the supplier for reuse or recycled into scrap metal.
7464 French Road Sacramento, CA 95828 U.S.A. www.mobility.siemens.com/usa