Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation will supply additional 47 BOMBARDIER FLEXITY trams for the City of Berlin. This is an option order based on the framework agreement for a maximum of 206 vehicles signed in 2006.The order is valued at approximately 176 million euro ($ 190 million US). BVG originally ordered four pre-series vehicles for testing followed by 99 trams in 2009 and a call-off for 39 trams in 2012. The total number of vehicles now stands at 189. In response to the constantly rising number of passengers, 20 trams from a previous order will be modified from five to seven-module vehicles.
The FLEXITY Berlin concept was jointly developed by BVG and Bombardier Transportation. This has resulted in a 100% barrier-free, leading edge tram providing easy access which is highly popular in Berlin and has already received several design awards. The interior offers ample space as well as multipurpose areas and air-conditioning both in the passenger area and the driver’s cab. The vehicles boast low electricity consumption and feed braking energy back into the system.