The Schleswig Holstein (NAH.SH) transport authority and Stadler signed a EUR 600 million contract for the supply of 55 battery-powered Flirt Akku trains. The contract includes the providion of maintenance services for 30 years at Neumünster and Rendsburg facilities.
Starting 2022, the two-car trains new multiple units will replace diesel trains running on North and East railway lines. They will enter services on six routes such as Kiel – Lübeck – Lüneburg, Bad Oldesloe – Neumünster – Heide – Büsum, Kiel – Husum, Husum – Bad St. Peter Ording, Kiel – Rendsburg and Kiel – Eckernförde – Flensburg.
The trains are able to run at speeds of 160 km/h and the energy saving is generated by the braking system. The train has a capacity for 198 passengers, including 124 seats.
The existing charging infrastructure will be complemented by the reconstruction of the overhead catenary at five stations and on the Osterrönfeld–Jübek line, and other charging devices will be also created to enable an optimal charging.
The new trains will be more energy efficient and, above all, significantly lower in emissions than the previous diesel railcars.
Following the signing of the contract, Stadler presented the new trains to the Minister of Transport during a test-journey with a Flirt Akku train on Kiel – Oppendorf route.
In July 2019, Stadler was announced as the preferred bidder for the delivery of 55 trains, with an option for 50 additional multiple units.
The contract includes an option for 50 additional vehicles and vehicle maintenance for a period of 30 years.