The “RRX – digital and optimally networked” project from Siemens Mobility has won the German Mobility Award for 2020. A jury of high-ranking experts selected the project from around 300 applicants. According to the jury, “the project is a valuable contribution towards achieving flexible, fully networked and future-oriented mobility, and represents a shining example of Germany’s strength as a location for business.”

“With the RRX project, we have succeeded in implementing a digitally networked, high-performance mobility solution for around ten million people living in the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region,” said Gerhard Greiter, CEO of Region Northeast Europe at Siemens Mobility. “Everything in this project is digitally networked: trains, service centres, logistics hubs and employees. The improved punctuality of the trains and their almost 100-per cent availability underscore the success of the project.”

The Rhine-Ruhr Express project is unique due to its sheer dimensions and scale of innovation. Both trains and maintenance are provided by the same source. Siemens Mobility is supplying a total of 84 state-of-the-art Desiro HC regional trains and will be responsible for their maintenance and repairs until 2050. The last train in the order will be delivered this year. The RRX is a truly regional project: Production, tests and maintenance are all carried out at Siemens locations in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia.

The motto for this year’s innovative mobility competition was: “Intelligent travel: Together. Networked. Mobile.” Over 300 start-ups, companies, business associations and research institutions across Germany submitted their projects for this year’s award.  A jury of high-ranking experts from business, the sciences, society and politics picked the ten winners of the competition. The festive award ceremony will be held in November.