DB issued an invitation to tender for a fleet of 15 of the multi-system
high-speed trains at the end of 2007, specifying more than 6000
individual requirements in the bid documents. Siemens was awarded the
€500 million contract in December 2008 and assembly of the first train
began at the company's Krefeld site in Germany in October.

Commissioning will begin on the first train in August and the Velaro D
will initially be certified for operation in Germany, France and
Belgium. The trains will be delivered to DB from the third quarter of
next year and will enter service on routes between Frankfurt and
various cities in France at the winter timetable change in December