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ICx at InnoTrans 2012
In service December 2017 -
Manufacturer Siemens, Bombardier as subcontractor
Family name ICx
Number built 220 trainsets ordered (80 on option)
Formation K1n: 7 cars (3M, 4T)
K3s: 12 cars (6M, 6T)[1]
Capacity 499 (K1n)
830 (K3s)
Operator Deutsche Bahn
Car length Driving Car: 28.6 m (93.8 ft)[1]
Intermediate Car: 27.9 m (91.5 ft)[1]
Width 2,852 mm (9 ft 4.3 in)[1]
Maximum speed K1n: 230 km/h (142.92 mph)
K3s: 250 km/h (155.34 mph)[2]
Weight K1n: 455 t (1,003,000 lb)[1]
K3s: 792 t (1,746,000 lb)
Power output 1,650 kW (2,210 hp) per motor car
K1n: 4,950 kW (6,640 hp)
K3s: 9,900 kW (13,300 hp)
Power supply Overhead catenary
Electric system(s) K1n: 15 kV/16.7 Hz; 25 kV/50 Hz; 1.5 kV/DC; 3 kV/DC
K3s: 15 kV/16.7 Hz
Current collection method Pantograph
UIC classification K1n:: 2′2′+Bo′Bo′+2′2′+Bo′Bo′+Bo′Bo′+2′2′+2′2′[1]
K3s: 2′2′+Bo′Bo′+Bo′Bo′+2′2′+Bo′Bo′+Bo′Bo′+2′2′+Bo′Bo′+2′2′+Bo′Bo′+2′2′+2′2′[1]
Safety system(s) ETCS, LZB, PZB
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

ICx is a Deutsche Bahn project to procure up to 300 inter-city trains to replace its existing fleets used on long-distance passenger services in Germany.[3] The first ICx electric multiple unit trainsets will replace Intercity/Eurocity rolling stock, followed by ICE 1 and ICE 2 trains by 2025.[4] The ICx trains will be used on inter-city routes where DB believes Intercity-Express trainsets specifically designed for high speed operation are not suitable.[3]


On 25 January 2010, DB named Siemens Mobility preferred bidder for the ICx contact, beating Alstom.[4] and on 9 May 2011 DB and Siemens signed a framework contract for up to 300 ICx trains to be supplied by 2030.[5] Of these, 130 were to be ordered straight away, with 90 to follow taking the value to €6bn.[5] DB also has an option to order another 80 sets.

Siemens has awarded Bombardier Transportation a framework contract to support the project, worth €1.3bn for the initial 130 trains and €2.1bn for 220. This includes aerodynamics, Flexx Eco unpowered bogies, and supplying bodyshells from its Görlitz plant with driving vehicle assembly at Hennigsdorf.[5]

Construction will start in 2013, with two pre-production trains delivered in 2016 for 14 months of trial operation.[5]


The ICx vehicles will be a mix of powered and trailer vehicles. DB plans up to 24 different train configurations.[1][5]

The initial order covers two types of trainset K1n seven-car 230 km/h sets with three powered vehicles to replace locomotive-hauled IC trainsets, and K3s 10-car 249 km/h trains with five power cars to replace ICE1 and ICE2 trainsets.[5] All will have a restaurant and bistro car, family area and bicycle spaces.[5]

On March 5, 2013, DB announced that it was approving a 12 car 250 km/h train configuration that would raise capacity over, and replace in the base order, the existing 10 car train. Capacity would increase by 106 seats to a new total of 830 seats. This was done in anticipation of growing ridership for DB's long distance services that would be run with the 10 car trains.[6]

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