Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) awarded Stadler an up to EUR 3 billion framework contract for the supply of 1,500 cars for the U-Bahn network. The contract also covers the supply of spare parts for a period of 32 years.
The agreement includes a fixed minimum order for 606 cars. The first batch of cars to be delivered from 2022 onwards by the Swiss manufacturer envisages 376 cars formed by two- to four-car vehicle units for the small and large profile sections of the network.
BVG has also ordered on a firm basis a further 230 cars.
These firm orders have a value of EUR 1.2 billion and includes the supply of spare parts.
The framework agreement also provides for another optional call-off order for 894 additional cars.
The U1, U2 and U5 U-Bahn line ae operated by Stadler’s IK series. The new series, which is referred to as J/JK by BVG, is based on the familiar Stadler-Metro vehicles. The new metro cars have been optimised in various ways and are energy-efficient and with a low level of noise. The depth of the door pillars has been adjusted to improve access and the passengers will be able to board and alight even faster in future. Stadler also intends to relocate the information screens from the door area to the curved intercar connection between the side wall and ceiling, which will give a better view throughout the interior of the vehicle.
“We are delighted that BVG has decided to continue its successful cooperation with our company. We are very proud to have won one of the largest delivery contracts ever awarded in Europe and to be able to complete the order in Berlin for Berlin. We have decided to bring forward our planned investments in the Stadler location in the German capital in order to create an optimal basis for the implementation of this major project”, said Jure Mikolčić, CEO of Stadler in Germany.
Earlier, Stadler announced it will invest EUR 700 million in the Berlin-Pankow site which includes a new production hall as well as optimised space for logistics and commissioning.