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Winning Bid: Stadler to Supply 55 FLIRT Akku Trains to Germany

Stadler has won a call for tenders put forward by the Nahverkehrsbund Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (NAH.SH). Consequently, Stadler is to supply 55 FLIRT Akku battery trains to the operator. 

Stadler FLIRT Akku
Stadler FLIRT Akku on its inaugural test run in Berlin, Germany © Stadler

Stadler submitted the winning bid to NAH.SH. It will now deliver 55 FLIRT Akku trains. This means Stadler has won the first ‘green technology’ (no diesel) tender for vehicles with alternative power sources in Germany. The State of Schleswig-Holstein launched the green technology tender, called XMU, in August 2016. The tender was then published in the EU’s TED – Tenders Electronic Daily, the supplement to the official journal of the EU.

The losing parties now have a ten-day period during which they can appeal. It is only after this objection period that the tender and the legally binding contracts can be signed.

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State Transport Minister Dr Bernd Buchholz said:

“I would like to thank the two committees for their trust. This tender will make Schleswig-Holstein a pioneer nationwide in rail transport.

“The multiple units are emission-free. I’m particularly pleased that this solution is also so cost-effective. Calculated over the investment period, these trains work out a little bit cheaper than diesel multiple units.”

Stadler’s 55 FLIRT Akku trains are to enter commercial service on the Nord and Ost networks starting in December 2022. They will operate on the Kiel-Lübeck-Lüneburg line, the Bad Oldesloe-Neumünster-Heine-Büsum line, the Kiel-Husum line, the Husum-Bad St. Peter Ording line, the Kiel-Rendsburg line and the Kiel-Eckernförde-Flensburg line.

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Stadler’s FLIRT Akku Battery Multiple Units

The Swiss rolling stock manufacturer first presented its trains with the new battery technology at InnoTrans 2018. In October last year then Stadler presented the FLIRT Akku to the media on a test run from Berlin Pankow to Schildow. This, however, is the first time Stadler has won a major contract for its new FLIRT Akku trains.

Each two-car FLIRT Akku will have 124 seats. They will be fully accessible and air-conditioned throughout. They will also come with wifi. The batteries have a range of up to 150km and will be mounted on the roof. They will be recharged using overhead lines, especially in Kiel, Neumünster, Flensburg, Lübeck and Lüneburg and on the Osterrönfeld-Jübeck line. These multiple units are quieter, have more power and save more energy than the diesel multiple units currently in operation on the networks.

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Furthermore, Stadler is to be responsible for the maintenance of the multiple units for 30 years. To do this, Stadler will build new workshops in Rendsburg and Neumünster.

Stadler says it will provide more in-depth information about the contract once the ten-day appeals period is over.

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