Christian Estrosi, the Mayor of Nice, inaugurated Alstom’s new-generation tram Citadis X05 with its innovative SRS charging system serving Cadam-Magnan section of new tramway line 2 of Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur.
For the first time ever, Alstom has also commissioned its SRS ground-based static charging technology coupled with the Citadis Ecopack energy storage system, which can be used to charge the tram when stopped at stations in under 20 seconds, automatically and securely. This system allows the tram to circulate without overhead contact lines throughout the entire journey. Electricity is stored in the onboard Citadis Ecopack devices, guaranteeing the tram’s autonomy between two charging points. SRS builds on the technical and safety principles of the proven APS solution.
The new 44-metre-long Citadis trams, with a design created by Ora Ïto, hare greater comfort with 40% more glass surfaces and are equipped with LEDs for soft, homogenous lighting, large individual seats, travel information on extra-wide screens and improved accessibility with double-doors along the entire length of the tram. The passenger capacity of the Citadis X05 is increased by 10%, with a 20% increase in the passenger exchange rate at stations and a reduction of over 20% in preventive maintenance costs.
“A new generation of trams, a new charging system, the Nice tram will also be the first connected tram as of Spring 2019 with a tram-to-ground Wi-Fi communication system,” Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, President of Alstom France said.
Nine of Alstom’s twelve French sites are involved in the design and manufacture of tramway line 2 for the Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur.