DB expects the order to enhance its competitiveness when tendering for business in the local rail transport market.
Hartmut Mehdorn, chief executive officer at DB, said: ‘We have decided to invest in the future.
‘It will enable us to make outstanding transport bids in the regional transportation market and offer convincing quality.’
Ulrich Homburg, chairman of the management board of DB Regio, added: ‘For the first time ever we will have powered double-deck coaches in our fleet.
‘Individual coaches, driving trailers or trailer coaches can be added as well, depending on what the trains are being used for in the respective local transportation networks.
‘In addition, the vehicles are compatible with other generations and will thus create cost benefits in operation.’
DB has purchased more than 1,600 double-deck coaches in the last 15 years.
DB Regio currently has more than 2,000 double-deck coaches in its fleet.