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Den Haag orders Siemens Avenio trams

18 Nov 2011

NETHERLANDS: Siemens has been confirmed as the winner of a contract to supply 40 low-floor trams to Den Haag transport operator HTM, after an appeal from rival bidder CAF failed.

The contract announced on November 18 is worth more than €100m, including driver training, documentation and spares, and has an option for up to 40 more vehicles.

Siemens says this is the first order for the Avenio, its latest generation of steel-bodied tram. This is derived from the Combino Plus cars operating in Almada, Portugal, since 2005 and in Budapest since 2006.

The four-section cars for HTM are to be manufactured at Siemens' Wien plant, with deliveries running for a year from February 2014. They will be 35 m long, 2·55 m wide and 100% low-floor, with space for 70 seated passengers and 168 standing at 4/m2.

The HTM network is electrified at 600 V DC, and the Avenio cars will have six 120 kW motors driving 12 of their 16 axles, giving a starting acceleration of 1·2 m/s2 and a maximum speed of 80 km/h.