64 customized trams worth 363 million euros to be delivered to Cologne

Cologne Public Transport Authority has signed a contract with Alstom and Kiepe Electric to receive 64 low-floor Citadis trams. They are worth a total of 363 million euros and will be customized and adapted to the German market. The Citadis trams will operate on Cologne’s entire urban area contributing to inner-city mobility. The consortium led by Alstom partnering with Kiepe Electric, a company controlled by Knorr-Bremse, will be working together to build the trams.

The first batch of vehicles will be delivered to Cologne from the end of 2023, the second batch at the end of 2024. Included in the contract signed this November is an option for an extra 47 vehicle units. “This is the largest single order in the history of Kiepe Electric,” says Dr Jürgen Wilder, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse. “Our trams will provide the passengers of the Cologne Public Transport Authority with the highest level of passenger comfort and will support the Cologne Public Transport Authority in successfully meeting the challenges of urban transport,” adds Dr Jörg Nikutta, Managing Director for Alstom in Germany and Austria.

Citadis Trams

Alstom will produce 62 low floor vehicles at the Barcelona plant. Two trains will be 30 metres in length while the rest will be 60 metres in length. Kiepe Electric will supply the electrical components from the Dusseldorf facility, which will later be installed in the tram at the facility in Barcelona. At Alstom’s Le Creusot plant in France, pivoting bogies will be built in for vehicle flexibility and steel car bodies. The trams will have LEDs for soft lighting along with large windows, individual seats and screens for displaying travel information.

Vehicles will have a capacity for 196 passengers with 10 double doors for ensuring the passenger flow into the tramway. Its innovative system will consist of driver assistance, automatic dipped beam and rain sensors. Kiepe Electric’s drive, onboard and control technology including traction converters will provide trams with reliable and modern technology. The control system is designed to ensure safe, efficient and customer-friendly fleet traffic. Conceptually the vehicle will be available, efficiently maintainable and will consist of a modern driver’s workplace. An extra addition to traffic safety in Cologne’s metropolis will equip new railways with a collision warning system.

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Author: Sarah Chebaro

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