Bombardier have signed a framework agreement with rolling stock leasing company Akiem for 52 Bombardier TRAXX AC (alternating current) and MS (multi-system) locomotives, with an option to extend the order. The agreement remains conditional on financial closing from Akiem Holding. The first batch of the order is for 26 locomotives purchased at a list price of around €95 million. The first units will be delivered in 2017.
The Bombardier TRAXX comes in a range of technical specifications, including with a Last Mile and remote control feature. The locomotives will be configured for use in 13 countries and absolutely compliant with the most recent European standards including ETCS (European Train Control System) Baseline 3. Akiem will therefore be able to provide its customers with a high degree of flexibility and extend the locomotives’ operational range.
Akiem have exercised an option for the delivery of five TRAXX DC (direct current) locomotives, which relates to a previous contract. This is in addition to the current framework agreement.
Fabien Rochefort, CEO of Akiem, said:
“This significant investment with Bombardier will extend Akiem’s fleet up to 100 TRAXX locomotives by 2018. We are accelerating our positioning on German and Austrian national markets as well as major European corridors towards Sweden, Benelux, Switzerland, Italy, Poland and Central Europe. Through this successful partnership with Bombardier, Akiem keeps developing services combining performance, proximity and security to meet our clients’ requirements.”
Michael Fohrer, President, Locomotives, Light Rail Vehicles and Services, Bombardier Transportation, said:
“We have been working with Akiem since 2011 and we are extremely happy to continue our long term partnership under this frame contract. This agreement enables Bombardier to consolidate the TRAXX locomotive’s presence in some of the most promising rail corridors.”
These locomotives have a Bombardier Mitrac traction converter which delivers a reliable control system with a safe and energy efficient traction power for sustainable mobility. Mitrac is currently in use in more than 3000 locomotives around the world.
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