Deutsche bahn wants to significantly increase its market share in freight transport with the introduction of an automatic coupler and become more competitive compared to trucks.
The aim is to increase the market share from 18 to 25 percent, which would correspond to 25 million truck trips per year, said sigrid nikutta, member of the executive board of guterverkehrs, at the presentation of prototypes of the new coupling in minden, westphalia, to dpa.
The research project to develop the digital automatic coupler is being funded by the federal ministry of transport to the tune of 13 million euros. In addition to the german railroads, the swiss and austrian guterbahn and private wagon owners are involved in the project. The aim is to have all good wagons in europe replaced by 2030. The costs for this are estimated at 1 to 1.5 billion euros in germany and a total of 6.5 to 8.5 billion euros in europe.