The roll-out for the first tram produced under a 10-year-license agreement was held at the Nanjing manufacturing site of CSR Nanjing Puzhen Rolling Stock Co. Ltd. (CSR Puzhen). This is the first vehicle manufactured under the technology license agreement signed in July 2012 between rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation and CSR Puzhen.
Following the first public tender for modern 100% low-floor trams in China, Bombardier partner CSR Puzhen, a subsidiary of China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Corporation Limited, won an order for 18 low-floor trams for the city of Suzhou. CSR Puzhen is building the trams based on Bombardier’s FLEXITY 2 technology at its site in Nanjing. Bombardier has developed the vehicle design, provides training and delivers on-site support. The tram is equipped with BOMBARDIER FLEXX Urban 3000 bogies and BOMBARDIER MITRAC propulsion technology.
Jianwei Zhang, President of Bombardier China, said: “We are proud to be part of this milestone and look forward to seeing Suzhou become a benchmark in modern tramway operation in China. As the world market leader in trams, Bombardier is the ideal partner to introduce this technology in China successfully.”
Suzhou New District Tram Co., Ltd. (SND) will operate the trams within the Suzhou new & high-tech industrial development zone, a “greenfield” satellite city within Suzhou municipality. Suzhou is a city of 11 million people located in the southeast of Jiangsu Province, close to Shanghai.
The five-section bi-directional, multi-articulated low-floor trams for Suzhou are 32 m long and 2.65 m wide. These modern low-floor trams provide the latest standards in safety, passenger comfort, accessibility and energy consumption. CSR Puzhen is also producing trams for two lines in Nanjing (Hexi and Qilin lines), featuring Bombardier’s catenary-free technology based on BOMBARDIER PRIMOVE traction batteries.
Bombardier has sold more than 1,200 FLEXITY 100 per cent low-floor trams worldwide. About 3,500 Bombardier trams and light rail vehicles are in revenue service or on order in approximately 100 cities across Europe, Australia and North America.
In order to sustain global economic growth while ensuring the health and quality of life of citizens, cities the world over are looking for smarter and more environmentally friendly forms of mass transit. Trams and light rail vehicles are the most energy efficient mode of transportation, consuming up to five times less energy per passenger than cars travelling with an average of between one and two people.