These locomotives were ordered as early as 1995 in order to cover the demand for powerful freight locomotives on the German Railroad, Inc. Siemens and Krauss-Maffei developed the EuroSprinter family further and presented the new class 152. The electrical equipment was improved in the process compared to the EuroSprinter and the locomotive's environmentally friendly qualities were also improved. Since these locomotives were to be used for freight trains, a maximum speed of 140 km/h or 88 mph was quite sufficient. The continous output of 6.4 megawatts or 8,582 horsepower with a total weight of 86 metric
tons and single axle steering results in a massive starting
tractive effort of 300 kilonewtons or 67,440 pounds.