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Bombardier Partner CSR Puzhen Presents First Low-Floor Tram for China

April 11, 2014 in China, Electric Vehicles, EV News, Streetcar

Tram based on FLEXITY 2 technology  Photo courtesy of Bombardier

Tram based on FLEXITY 2 technology
Photo courtesy of Bombardier

  • The first vehicle built under the license agreement was presented in Nanjing to the customer from the city of Suzhou
  • CSR Puzhen holds a 10-year license to produce trams based on BOMBARDIER FLEXITY 2 technology

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.

About Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER ECO4 technologies – built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology – conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance for operators and passengers. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and has a very diverse customer base with products or services in more than 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, we posted revenues of $18.2 billion. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

This article is a repost, credit: Bombardier.

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