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Siemens Avenio tram in Munich, source: Siemens Mobility

Munich orders 73 Avenio trams

German municipal company Stadtwerke München (SWM) has ordered 73 additional trams to be delivered from Siemens Mobility. The deal is valued at 200 million Euros. The first supply is scheduled for 2021.

Siemens Mobility will produce Avenio trams in a four-car formation. Each vehicle will have a total capacity for 218 passengers and two multi-functional areas for transporting wheelchairs and prams. The trams will be equipped with ergonomic seats, grab handles and infotainment monitors. To provide smooth and quick entries and exits, each unit will have eight double doors. The new trams will be operated throughout the Munich tram network, especially in the northern part of the city.

“The order of 73 new trams marks a major investment in the further expansion of Munich’s tram system. The new trams will enable us to make further improvements in the existing network and operate new routes like the planned tram tangents and a tram line in the northern part of the city. Trams offer the ideal capacity between buses and subways,” said Ingo Wortmann, Managing Director for Mobility at SWM.

Avenio trams

After the fulfilment of the new order, the number of Avenio trams in Munich will increase up to 103 units. Currently, there are 30 vehicles running in the city since the end of 2013. 12 three units of this type have been delivering in 2013-2018, nine three-car and nine two-car units – in 2018.

“In 2012, Munich was the first customer to order the new Avenio. In the meantime, SWM has continually expanded its Avenio fleet. The long-standing trust of our Munich customer rests on the special passenger comfort and the high reliability and availability of the trams already in service,” noted Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens Mobility. Besides Munich, the Avenio trams serve the city routes in Bremen, the Hague and Doha. In 2024 they are scheduled to run on the tram network of Copenhagen.

Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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