Alstom wins battery-electric train contract in Germany

The transport authority in the Chemnitz area, Verkehrsverbund Mittelsachsen (VMS), with the with the support of Greater Leipzig Railway Authority Association (ZVNL), awarded Alstom contract to supply and maintain 11 Coradia Continental battery-electric trains.

EUR 100 million is the value of the contract under which Alstom will maintaintain the train fleet until 2032.

The three-car trains will enter services in 2023, on the regional traffic serving the Leipzig-Chemnitz route. The three-car-trains will be 56 metres long and equipped with 150 seats.

The BEMU trains will run at speeds of up to 120 km/h and can be operated under catenary as well as on non-electrified sections. They will have a top speed of 160 km/h in battery mode. The capacity of the batteries (high-power lithium-ion) is calculated to ensure catenary-free operation of the line Chemnitz-Leipzig without any sacrifice in performance or comfort.

The Coradia Continental BEMU trains will be similar to those already in service on the Dresden, Riesa and Zwickau routes, but additionally, they will be equipped with high-performance batteries on the roof.

They will be built at Alstom’s plant in Salzgitter, in Lower Saxony. The battery traction sub-system is designed and supplied by Alstom’s traction centre of excellence in Tarbes.

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