The Swedish city of Göteborg has awarded Bombardier and Vossloh Kiepe with the final contract for the development and construction of its newest generation of trams: series M33. Two prototype sets will be delivered early 2019. These have to complete 20.000 km successfully, before series delivery will start. Göteborgs Spårvägar has learned its lesson after a long history of problems with its M32 series trams from AnsaldoBreda.
The first order includes thirty bi-directional and ten unidirectional vehicles. The contract is valued at approximately 140 million euro with Bombardier’s share amounting to approximately 97 million euro. The contract also includes an option for up to 60 additional trams, valid until 2026. Vossloh Kiepe will be responsible for the electrical equipment of the trams.
The design of the vehicles is based on Bombardier’s proven Flexity-concept. A special feature will be double glazing on all windows and doors, which prevents condensation and safeguards visibility and transparency in all weather conditions.
The vehicles are low-floor to provide obstacle free access to all passengers, with low axle load and high passenger capacity. All versions of the vehicles provide sufficient space for wheelchairs and are supported by an electromechanical boarding device.
The vehicles will gradually replace the city’s current fleet and enable operator Göteborgs Spårvägar to provide the additional and state of the art vehicle capacity that is needed to accommodate the rapid population growth in the city and surrounding region.