Stuttgarter Strassenbahnen AG has ordered another 20 S-DT8.12 light rail vehicles from Stadler Pankow GmbH, thus exercising the first option of their contract from spring 2010. The light rail vehicles will be an addition to the existing fleet, which has been operating in the Stuttgart city area since autumn 2013. Delivery will commence in the middle of 2016. A spare parts package has also been agreed. The total order value amounts to around EUR 73 million.
“The vehicles are easy to adapt to the existing city centre infrastructure and are ideally suited to the conditions on the Stuttgart tram network. They can handle tight bends and gradients of up to 9%,” reports Michael Daum, Director of Stadler Pankow GmbH. “We are very pleased they are so satisfied – and even more passengers will get to enjoy the comfort of the trams in the future.”
The S-DT8.12 is based on the Tango light rail vehicle product series. With a maximum speed of 80 km/h and a modular construction, the Tango is designed for city transport. The dual traction carriage has eight axles, all of which are powered separately. Due to the comfortable carriage width of 2.65 metres, it has a generous, friendly interior with 106 seats and room for 144 standing passengers, as well as air-conditioning in the passenger compartment and driver’s cab. There are four entry doors on each side to allow fast passenger embarkation and disembarkation for the bidirectional vehicle. Barrier-free access and stepless access throughout the passenger compartment allow use by persons with restricted mobility. The light rail vehicles are 39.1 metres long across the coupling and have a track gauge of 1,435 millimetres.
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