The contract, which includes an option for 15 additional vehicles, is worth around €100 million and covers tests in the current network, training and warranty services as well as spare parts.
The vehicles will be three-car trams 100% low floor and with double doors, large glass surfaces, LED lighting, bigger individual seats and large screens for passenger information. They will also have driver assistance systems, rain sensors and automatic dipped beam.
In addition, the units will incorporate special adaptations for the German market like pivoting bogies to ensure maximum vehicular flexibility. Each vehicle, made of steel, will be 31.5 metres long with a capacity of 197 passengers.
Alstom’s industrial site in Santa Perpetua is currently manufacturing Citadis trams for the cities of Sydney (Australia) and Lusail, in the Qatar Emirate.