These units were ordered as early as 1995 in order to meet the demand for powerful freight locomotives on the German Railroad, Inc. Siemens and Krauss-Maffei developed the EuroSprinter family of
locomotives further and presented the new class 152. Compared to the EuroSprinter further improvements were made to both the electrical equipment and the environmentally friendly qualities for these units. Since these locomotives are limited to hauling freight
trains, a maximum speed of 140 km/h or 88 mph is quite sufficient. The continuous rating of 6.4 megawatts or approximately 8,582
horsepower in conjunction with a locomotive weight of 86 metric tons and single axle steering results in a massive starting tractive effort of
300 kiloNewtons or 67,440 pounds.