Stadler Wins One of Europe’s Biggest Delivery Contracts Ever

Stadler has won the tender for the supply of up to 1,500 new metro cars for Berlin’s underground.

Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe has chosen Stadler to deliver up to 1,500 metro cars for use on the German capital’s underground network. The framework agreement, worth a total of up to 3 billion euros (3.2 billion USD), also includes a spare parts provision over a period of 32 years.

After one of the unsuccessful bidders implemented the verification process, the court in Berlin ultimately rejected this appeal. This clears the path for the formal acceptance of the tender and thus for the binding order.

Stadler J/JK metro cars for BVG
Stadler J/JK metro cars for BVG

Stadler has been able to assert itself in a further international tender and has won the largest tender issued by the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) to date. The framework agreement, worth up to 3 billion euros, is also one of the largest ever in Europe.

Framework Agreement with BVG

The framework agreement states that the minimum order will be for 606 metro cars. Starting in 2022 Stadler will deliver on a first option for 376 cars for two to four-car vehicles for both the Kleinprofil (small profile) and the Grossprofil (large profile). The Kleinprofil trains are 2.3m wide and 3.1m high. The Grossprofil trains are 2.65m wide and 3.4m high. A further 230 cars are guaranteed, but will only be requested at a later date. BVG will be able to order an additional 894 metro cars under this framework agreement. The guaranteed order volume is worth 1.2 million euros (1.3 million USD) and also includes the provision of spare parts.

The contract to renew the fleet for Berlin’s underground is a continuation of the relationship between Stadler and BVG. The Swiss rolling stock manufacturer already has its trains on Berlin’s underground lines U1, U2 and U5. These are of the type ‘IK’. The new vehicles will be of the type ‘J/JK’ and are based on Stadler’s METRO vehicles. The energy-efficient, low-noise vehicles have been optimised in a number of ways.

The depth of the door pillars has been adapted to improve how passengers can board the trains. Passengers will be able to board and alight faster in the future. The passenger information screens are to be moved from the door area to the curved transition between wall and ceiling, which will improve the view down the length of the vehicles.

Jure Mikolčić, CEO, Stadler Germany, said:

“We are delighted that BVG has decided to continue its successful cooperation with our company. We are very proud to have won one of the largest delivery contracts ever awarded in Europe and to be able to complete the order in Berlin for Berlin. We have decided to bring forward our planned investments in the Stadler location in the German capital in order to create an optimal basis for the implementation of this major project.”

Stadler had previously said it would invest up to 70 million euros (75 million USD) in its site in Berlin Pankow. It won’t just build a new production hall, it will also create new and optimised spaces for logistical operations and commissioning.

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