TESLA has announced that battery-powered trains will this summer replace the DMUs currently operating the free shuttle service to its electric car and battery factory on the eastern outskirts of Berlin.

The battery-powered Mireo Plus B trains are being supplied by Smart Train Lease, launched by Siemens Mobility in February to provide single multiple-units or small fleets on a short-term basis. The shuttle service will continue to be operated by Niederbarnimer Railway (NEB).

“Before the new trains start operating, there will be a short transitional break during which no train shuttle will be running,” Telsa says.

The RB TES shuttle service can be used free of charge by members of the public. Tesla says that it is currently being used by over 3500 passengers a day, making a significant contribution to easing traffic congestion in the Berlin-Brandenburg region.

RB TES began operating on September 4 2023 to replace a bus service. It runs from the terminus of Berlin S-Bahn line S3 at Erkner to the Fangschleuse Tesla Süd station owned by the manufacturer on the branch serving its Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg site.

NEB has been operating the service with two Bombardier Talent DMUs.

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