Trains will be built with Renewable Energy
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Siemens Mobility announced that it has taken steps to expand its U.S. manufacturing plant to meet future demand for the trains and rail infrastructure technologies required for the systems.
The company said it has purchased land for plant expansion and is augmenting its power supply from renewable energy sources.
The expansion efforts come in response to the recent announcement that the Obama administration is awarding $8 billion to states across the country to develop a nationwide program of high-speed intercity passenger rail service.
To meet the future demand for high-speed-rail technology, Siemens recently completed the purchase of 20 acres of land adjacent to its existing 34-acre light-rail vehicle manufacturing facility in Sacramento. The Siemens facility in Sacramento is the only permanent light-rail vehicle manufacturing facility in the United States, according to the company. Siemens employs more than 700 people in this facility, which recently underwent a $26 million expansion.
Siemens makes a line of trains that run up to 220 mph, which are currently operating in Germany, China, Russia and Spain. These trains are a match for the systems proposed for California and Florida. Siemens also produces a line of trains that go between 110 and 125 mph, which would fit the requirements of other high-speed-rail corridors, including the Midwest.
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