Abellio placed an initial order for 43 trains in June 2016, and subsequently exercised an option for five additional trains in April 2017.

The 15kV ac EMUs are due to be introduced when Abellio takes over the Network 1a concession in June 2019.

“With four extra Talent trains, we can significantly increase capacity and achieve higher punctuality,” says Baden-Württemberg’s transport minister Mr Winfried Hermann.