Germany: 8 Additional LRVs Ordered for Dortmund

Dortmunder Stadtwerke AG (DSW21) has ordered eight additional light rail vehicles (LRVs) from HeiterBlick and Kiepe Electric for use in Dortmund, Germany.

The new vehicles, which are scheduled to be delivered in 2025, will complement a fleet of 26 new LRVs already on order, eight of which have been delivered.

In addition, the network’s existing fleet of 64 units will also be modernised by HeiterBlick and Kiepe Electric by 2031 to ensure all vehicles meet the same standards.

Each new LRV will be 28 metres long
Each new LRV will be 28 metres long
Ulrich Jaeger, transport director at DSW21, said:

“In addition to the 26 new vehicles that were initially ordered, as well as the 64 vehicles in our existing fleet, which we will modernise with the same construction, we have decided to order a further eight vehicles. This means that DSW21 is very well positioned for the future.”

Under this contract, new vehicle construction and modernisation will be carried out by HeiterBlick, while Kiepe Electric will be responsible for the electrical equipment and systems in each vehicle.

Jan Erning, Project and Sales Manager at HeiterBlick said:

“Dortmund is a unique process in the industry and our most sustainable light rail project in production and use. All 98 vehicles will receive the same standard of equipment. Passengers and drivers will later see and feel no difference between modernised and new vehicles in the fleet.”

The new six-axle, high-floor, bi-directional LRVs will be equipped with Kiepe Electric’s traction, APS (Auxiliary Power Supply), TCMS (Train Control and Management System), onboard network and control technology.

Kiepe Electric will also supply modern heating and ventilation technology, as well as Wi-Fi and USB sockets for passenger comfort.

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