Source: Knorr-Bremse announcement

MUNICH — Kiepe Electric and consortium partner Alstom have received an order from Swedish tram operator Göteborgs Spårvägar and county transit agency Västtrafik to supply an additional 40 longer trams. Kiepe Electric is a brand of Knorr-Bremse, the global market leader for braking systems and other systems for rail and commercial vehicles.

The first Flexity trams from the previous 40-vehicle order entered service in September 2020. Equipped with vehicle systems technology from Kiepe Electric and numerous subsystems from Knorr-Bremse Group, the new vehicles operate to the highest safety standards, offer high levels of passenger comfort, and further strengthen the city of Gothenburg’s eco-friendly local mass transit services.

Dr. Peter Radina, as Member of the Management Board of Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems responsible for Kiepe Electric, observed that: “Göteborgs Spårvägar is making exemplary use of our broad-based systems expertise for this tram project” observed Dr. Peter Radina, as Member of the Management Board of Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems responsible for Kiepe Electric.  

“Working with our project partner Alstom, this means we can fully satisfy our customer’s stringent criteria for passenger comfort, road safety and sustainable mobility.”

For Kiepe Electric, the total value of the Västtrafik order for 40 new M34 light rail vehicles is in the mid double-digit million-euro range. The order was awarded in the first quarter of 2022. Deliveries of the new vehicles will take place from the beginning of 2024 and continue through to 2026.

“The new trams will be a major plus for the residents of Gothenburg. With 40 new vehicles, finally Gothenburg has a fully accessible LRV fleet capable of transporting many more people,” explained Peter Hermansson, Chairman of the Board of Västtrafik.

After completing 20,000 kilometers of rigorous testing, the first batch of partly bidirectional M33 low-floor trams has proved that they can satisfy the customer’s need for highly reliable operation; they are now in regular service.

At 45 meters each, the newly ordered unidirectional M34 trams are significantly longer; each vehicle has enough space for 319 passengers – a 50 percent increase in capacity. The key criteria remain the same, however: accessibility, comfort, safety, and sustainability. To help increase their overall sustainability, the traction system supplied by Kiepe Electric was developed with particular emphasis on energy efficiency and ultra-low maintenance costs.

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