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The new high-speed train has been successfully operating on the Deutsche Bahn (DB) rail network since December 2013. Four trains have already been delivered to DB, with four more due to follow by the end of March 2014. The Velaro D features increased energy efficiency and flexibility as well as enhanced comfort. The aerodynamic characteristics of the train, for example, have been further optimized to reduce energy consumption, reducing air resistance by a total of about 20 percent compared with the predecessor model. The Velaro D is also the first DB high-speed train to be fitted with a lift for wheelchair users on either side of the train. The many other innovative features of the new ICE 3 were highlighted by Dr. Jürgen Wilder, CEO of the Siemens High-Speed and Commuter Rail Business Unit and Andreas Busemann, Head of Production at DB Bahn Long Distance, on a presentation run from Frankfurt (Main) to Cologne. "We've been able to successfully meet the challenges, especially in the certification process, and are very pleased to see the new ICE 3 now in operation on the German rail network," said Wilder.
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