The first contract includes the supply of spare parts and deliveries are expected between 2024 and 2026. The low-floor units will be bidirectional, with a length of 28 metres and capacity for at least 173 passengers, including two multipurpose places for wheelchairs or prams. The units will also be fitted with a driver assistance system and rear view cameras.
The vehicles will run on the 155-kilometre tram network which connects and serves the cities of Essen and Mülheim.
In addition, CAF has signed a new contract with the municipal company, VAG Freiburg, which is responsible for the operation of the Freiburg tram system. This contract is for the supply of eight additional trams for the city, which will be added to the 17 Urbos trams already in service.
This fleet extension was already considered when VAG Freiburg awarded CAF the initial contract. The new units will replace the GT8N vehicles, which have been running since the early ‘90s, providing improved accessibility and greater capacity as they are now nine metres longer compared to the previous trams.