CAF is having a very successful 2022 with the announcement of its last two contracts as well as a significant number of orders already placed and an impressive combined value of €10.7 billion at the end of the first half.
Under the Hannover contract, CAF will supply 42 TW 4000 light rail vehicles to ÜSTRA Hannoversche Verkehrsbetriebe AG, which is the city’s public transport operator. The contract also offers the possibility of extending the number of light rail vehicles to be manufactured by an additional 233 additional units.
The city’s Stadtbahn network will see the first of the light rail vehicles delivered during the latter part of 2025. As the capital of the state of Lower Saxony, Hannover has a population of over one million people in metropolitan area and is one of the main industrial and service hubs.
The order completes the upgrade of Hannover’s current fleet with older TW 6000 and TW 2000 models which will be replaced by state-of-the-art light rail vehicles, which will see their energy consumption reduced with the latest technology and reducing vehicle weight. The new light rail vehicles will also provide a better passenger experience with improved accessibility, passenger information systems and on-board comfort.
Important steps have recently been taken by CAF with regard to the German market, which is the largest accessible rail market in the world. Contracts signed with CAF in Germany include transport operators Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Rhur and Nahverkehr Westfalen-Lippe which will see 63 battery-powered trains supplied. CAF light rail vehicles have also been ordered for the cities of Essen and Bonn, as well as trams for Freiburg and EMUs for Schönbuchbahn. Following these contracts, CAF recently acquired the intellectual property of the Talent 3 rail platform, which is intended for the German and Central European markets and also includes the hiring of key engineers involved, which increases the capabilities of CAF in these markets. .
In Australia, CAF has won a contract extension in Canberra to continue operating its light rail line, Canberra Metro Operation, as well as for the supply of 5 additional trams which will include on-board energy storage systems (OESS) for sections of track that are without catenary. The 5 new trams will join the 14 units that have been supplied to the Australian capital. The deal will also see CAF undertake maintenance of the new units alongside upgrades to the previously supplied fleet to include the OESS accumulation system. The upgraded equipment will be very similar to newer vehicles and will allow the entire fleet to operate on catenary-free track for the city’s light rail line.
The 5 new trams will run on the current line that connects the Gungahlin district to the city center and also on its extension in the future which will contribute to the anticipated increase in demand.
CAF also supplied the Newcastle, Australia tram which entered service in 2019 and was the country’s first ever catenary-free tram alongside the Parramatta tram which is expected to be operational from 2023 to 2024 and marks the third project of CAF using the OESS System in Australia.