TE Connectivity Develops Efficient Electric Roofline For New Siemens Velaro Novo High-Speed Trains

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Trains on rails are some of the most efficient ways of moving anything on this planet, and high-speed electric trains provide even more benefits. To design an electric roofline for a high-speed train, Siemens recently partnered with TE Connectivity to make its Velaro Novo trains even more efficient — further growing the benefits.

TE Simens Velaro Novo

Siemens Partners With TE Connectivity To Streamline Its New Velaro Novo High-Speed Trains

When it comes to mobility on land, trains are still the most efficient way of moving anything long distances. Electric trains have an extra advantage that electric car drivers should also understand. They can regenerate electricity when slowing down.

Finally, high-speed electric trains — such as the Japanese Shinkansen, French TGV, and German Velaro — regularly coast along at well over 200 mph. They accelerate going down, coast uphill, and cruise on a flat terrain at high sustained speeds.

Siemens makes some of the fastest electric trains and teamed with TE Connectivity (TE), known for its sensors, on bettering the overall aerodynamic performance of the Siemens’ Valera Novo, and thereby reducing its overall energy use by 10%.

TE Simens Velaro Novo

Thomas Brendel, TE Connectivity’s senior global account manager, said: “It is a priority for us at TE to co-create solutions with our customers that help enable a more sustainable world. So we are proud to have developed a low-profile, fully insulated electrical roofline solution that is part of the sustainable innovation for the Velaro Novo high-speed train… The biggest advantage of TE’s Next Generation Roofline System is the aerodynamic design, which reduces drag and saves energy consumption.”

TE Simens Velaro Novo

TE says its Generation Roofline System improved the passenger experience by reducing operation noise and giving a better ride feel.

Electric Mobility Squeezes Efficiency Everywhere


Overall, Siemens was able to streamline and improve its Velaro Novo high-speed trains using in part a more streamlined design affecting the roofline and airflow. Considering diesel locomotive makers get excited squeezing out an extra 3% performance, everyone should be exuberant about 10% efficiency gain + improvements here & there that gets you a train that runs on 30% less energy than its predecessor, with 15% less mass, 30% less maintenance, and a 10% capacity increase. Thanks to the new Siemens Velaro Novo high-speed train for continuing to push the efficiency bar.

Oh, and by the way, high speed means 200 mph regular service! #seeitnovo

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