Stadler makes debut on Lithuanian rail market with battery-electric trains
Stadler announced its market-entry into Lithuania on Wednesday with a deal to deliver FLIRT train sets to national operator LTG Link. The Swiss rolling stock manufacturer will supply both electric and battery-electric trains.
The new contract comes hot off the heels of Stadler selling more than 2.500 units of the FLIRT worldwide, a milestone that was hit last week. Stadler will be delivering 15 new FLIRT multiple units to LTG Link. The order is split into 9 trains for intercity services and 6 battery-electric FLIRT units for Lithuania’s non-electrified lines. The contract announced on Wednesday includes technical support and spare parts for a duration of 10 years.
The intercity trains comprise 5 cars for a total length of 93 metres. They can accommodate up to 200 seated passengers, 16 of which in first class. There is also space for anywhere between 14 to 30 bicycles. The 6 battery-electric trains consist of three passenger cars with a total length of 65 metres. They feature 128 seats and can carry up to 30 bicycles. Additionally, there is a toilet on board as well as a vending machine for snacks. The battery-electric trains will replace the diesel trains that currently operate on non-electrified lines.
The contract includes an option to supply another 13 electric intercity vehicles, 15 battery-electric trains with a range of 100 kilometres and another 13 battery-electric FLIRT trains with 70 kilometres worth of range.