Life cycle costs play a decisive role when new railway vehicles are launched onto the market.
Specially developed for railway vehicles, the NGT-LCC (Next Generation Train Life Cycle Costing Model) programme of the DLR Institute of Vehicle Concepts is a scenario-compatible modular tool which provides cost structure analysis for the vehicle manufacture - operation - infrastructure process chain.
Firstly, NGT-LCC helps to produce quotes for railway vehicles. It can also calculate the expense of operating the vehicle on a reference route including maintenance, energy and staffing costs.
NGT-LCC is able to evaluate the economic efficiency of vehicle components or whole vehicle concepts. The costs for constructing and maintaining the selected reference route can also be determined while the database structure allows framework scenarios to be defined and managed. Different vehicle-related or operational solutions can also be added, referenced and re-merged.