ÜSTRA Hannoversche Verkehrsbetriebe AG, a public transport operator in the city of Hannover, has chosen CAF as the supplier of 42 LRVs called TW 4000. The contract contemplates the possibility of increasing the number of LRVs to be manufactured by up to 233 additional units.
The first vehicles are scheduled to be delivered on the city’s Stadtbahn network in the second half of 2025. Hannover, the capital of the federal state of Lower Saxony with a population of over one million in its metropolitan area, is one of the most important industrial and service centers of the country.
The objective of this contract for Hannover is to modernize the current available fleet, since they will replace the previous TW 6000 and TW 2000 models, as well as to be able to have modern LRVs that reduce energy consumption thanks to their cutting-edge technology and the reduction in the weight of the vehicles themselves, which will favor this saving.
In recent months, CAF has won the contract signed with the German transport authorities VRR and NWL for the supply of 63 battery-powered trains, orders for LRV units for the cities of Essen and Bonn, as well as trams for Freiburg and the EMUs for the Schönbuchbahn.
In addition, it has recently acquired the intellectual property of the Talent 3 train platform, aimed at the German and Central European markets, together with key German engineering personnel linked to it, which will boost CAF’s capabilities in these markets.
For its part, Australian Capital Territory, through the company Canberra Metro Operations, the operator of the Canberra tram line, has once again entrusted CAF with the supply of five additional trams equipped with OESS (On Board Energy Storage Systems) to operate in sections without catenary. These five trams are added to the 14 previously delivered to the Australian capital.
The agreement also includes the maintenance of the new units, as well as the updating of the previously delivered fleet to equip it with the OESS accumulation system, similar to the one that the new vehicles will have, which will allow the entire fleet of vehicles to operate without a catenary in the line of city light rail.
The new trams are expected to operate on the existing line, which links the Gungahlin area with the center of the Australian capital, as well as on the future extension of the line, thus responding to the expected increase in demand.
After the tram supplied by CAF for Newcastle, which became the first catenary-free tram in Australia when it came into service in 2019, and the Parramatta tram, whose entry into operation is scheduled for 2023-2024, this will be the third project of CAF trams with the aforementioned OESS system in the country.