2017 Integrated Report – Departure into a new era

Brake energy recovery increases energy efficiency

Modern rolling stock can convert a part of its kinetic energy into electrical energy during braking, allowing it to be fed back into the traction current gridNo. 19. In the year under review, the recovery rate was unchanged at 14%.

Brake energy recovery 1)(GWh)

2017

2016

2015

Regional rail passenger transport

794

800

781

     Share of total electricity procurement (%)

20

19

18

Long-distance rail passenger transport

303

304

278

     Share of total electricity procurement (%)

11

11

11

Rail freight transport

148

153

160

     Share of total electricity procurement (%)

8

7

7

Total

1,245

1,257

1,219

1) Germany, tank-to-wheel (TTW).

In the year under review, we commissioned further new vehicles that “recycle” electricity. In local transport, this included 16 vehicles from the 442 series, and in long-distance transport eight vehicles of the ICE 4.

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