Train passengers had to wait a long time for new locomotives and cars in long-distance service, but on September 23, 2015, there was finally movement in the next generation IC trains. The bi-level ICs (IC2) from Bombardier were given preliminary authorization by the EBA. On these new locomotives and cars there was now shuttle train compositions, consisting of a class 146.5 (TRAXX P160 AC2) electric locomotive as well as five bi-level cars, type TWINDEXX 2010. The interior features of the cars sparkle with a modern level of equipment and comfort. The five-part bi-level set offers seating for 465, 70 of which are in 1st class. Twenty-seven trains were placed into service, which are run as units with the numbers 2850-2876. They are used chiefly on the IC Lines 35 (Norddeich – Emden – Münster – Düsseldorf – Cologne – Koblenz), 55 (Dresden – Leipzig – Hannover – Cologne), and 56 (Leipzig – Magdeburg – Hannover – Norddeich).
Prototype: German Railroad, Inc. (DB AG) class 146.5 electric locomotive for long-distance service. Dual system locomotive from the TRAXX type program (P 160 AC2). Light gray long-distance paint scheme with traffic red decorative striping, in the current IC design. Locomotive for the train route: IC 2045 from Cologne to Dresden Main Station. Locomotive road number 146 572-3. The locomotive looks as it did around 2020.