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Nuremberg orders energy-efficient trams from Siemens

German public transport company VAG Verkehrs-Aktiengesellschaft Nürnberg has purchased 12 four-section Avenio trams from Siemens Mobility. These vehicles use a large share of the regenerative braking energy and are equipped with LED lighting. As a result, the Avenio trams will allow the German operator to become more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly.

The deal consists of the firm order for 12 units and an option for 75 units. Siemens Mobility will deliver trams from the firm order by the end of 2022. The ordered vehicles will run on the new lines to be launched by that time. At the same time, these trams are mostly recyclable (up to 90 per cent) and energy-efficient. They use braking energy for heating or feed it back into the power grid and have energy-saving LED lighting.

Also, the Avenio trams provide improved access for the passengers. They have no steps and are equipped with spacious multifunctional areas for travellers with reduced mobility, parking prams or sitting. Moreover, the Wi-Fi connection will be available for passengers during a journey.

Avenio trams in Germany

Nuremberg has become the third German city to order the Avenio trams. Currently, 12 vehicles of this type run only in Munich. This city was the first that ordered the Avenio trams in 2012. In July of this year, municipal company Stadtwerke München (SWM) purchased 73 more units of the same type. They will be introduced on the Munich city routes starting from 2021. In January 2018 another German city of Bremen purchased 77 Avenio trams.

Besides Germany, this type run in the Netherlands (70 units in The Hague) and Qatar (19 units in Doha). It is worth to note that the Avenio trams serving the Doha city lines are equipped with traction batteries to be able to run without overhead lines. By 2025, the Avenio vehicles will be also entered service on the network of Greater Copenhagen Light Rail.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

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

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