Development of business units

Development of our fleet

Vehicle availability

In the first half of 2021, the vehicle availability of the ICE fleet was increased compared to the same period in the previous year. In order to reinforce the positive development in the future, ongoing vehicle projects will continue to be implemented consistently.

Vehicle projects continued

The vehicle projects to expand the ICE fleet were continued. Some progress was made in the first half of 2021:

  • The first six multiple units (prototype train and pre-­series) of the ICE 1 modernization were completed. Series production began in May 2021. Among other modifications, the trains will be equipped with new seat covers, carpets, a modern passenger information system and improved drive technology.
  • The redesign of the ICE 3 was continued, and 32 403-series multiple units were completed. By the end of 2024, 50 ICE 3 trains will have received a redesign.
  • Ten new ICE 4 trains (eight 13-car trains and two seven-­car trains) were added in the first half of 2021. A total of 137 ICE 4 trains will be in service by the end of 2024. This means that the ICE 4 will be DB Long-Distance’s largest fleet.
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