Citadis X05 is the latest model in the Citadis family of light rail vehicles (LRVs) manufactured by Alstom. It is being offered in three configurations, including Citadis 205, Citadis 305 and Citadis 405.

The first production LRV in the series was handed over to Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) in Sydney, Australia, in August 2017.

The Citadis X05 model offers innovative options in terms of dimensions and configurations. The vehicle is 99% recyclable upon completion of its 30-year life.

Variants of Citadis X05

Each of the Citadis 205 is 24m-long, while the length of Citadis 305 varies between 32m and 37m. The Citadis 405 has a length varying from 43m to 45m. The width of the Citadis 205 variant is 2.4m, while Citadis 305 and 405 measure up to 2.6m-wide.

The 205, 305 and 405 variants feature two, three and four bogies per tram respectively. The number of car modules per tram is three, five and seven for Citadis 205, 305 and 405 respectively.

The 205 variant has four double doors on each side, while the Citadis 305 has up to six double doors or four double and two single doors per side. The 405 version is fitted with up to eight double doors or six double and two single doors on either side of the bogie.

The total passenger capacity of the 205 variant is 142, whereas the 305 can accommodate up to 238 passengers. The 405 version has the capacity to house a maximum of 341 passengers.

The Citadis 205 has a maximum service speed of 70km/h, while the 305 and 405 variants have a maximum speed of 80km/h.

Design and features of Citadis X05

The new Citadis X05 trams incorporate new technologies designed for lower energy consumption. The vehicles incorporate a 100% low-floor design.

The LRV features balcony-style windows, multi-purpose areas, LED lighting, CCTV cameras, emergency intercoms, electrical braking, permanent magnet motors and sensor-based air-conditioning.

“The high-performance vehicles have an with unlimited power supply and can minimise greenhouse emissions and noise pollution.”

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems installed in the trams contain separate controls for passengers and driver zones.

Each bogie offers a wide central aisle, which at 750mm-wide. The entrance height of the intermediate front doors is 326mm and 342mm.

The crash absorption resistance of the LRV complies with the EN15227 standards. The LRV supports unidirectional and bidirectional operations.

Propulsion and power

Each motorised bogie of the vehicle is fitted with two air-cooled permanent magnet traction motors. The typical power supply voltage is 750VDC, with a 600VDC power supply available optionally.

The LRV offers a maximum acceleration of 1.3m/s² and service deceleration of 1.2m/s², while the compression load is 400kN.

The high-performance vehicles have an with unlimited power supply and can minimise greenhouse emissions and noise pollution.

Citadis X05 orders

In February 2015, Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) placed an order to deliver 60 Citadis X05 trams and power supply equipment for the Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail project.

The City of Avignon contracted Alstom for the supply of Citadis X05 trams for operations on its 14.4km-long tram network.

Alstom secured an order worth €91m ($102m) from the Metropolis Nice Côte d’Azur to deliver 19 Citadis X05 trams and land-based static charging solution, in October 2015. The contract also includes options for up to 18 trams and associated energy charging systems and maintenance services.

In December 2017, a €27m ($32m) order for an additional six Citadis X05 LRVs and 22 ground-based static charging zones was placed by the City of Nice as part of the original contract.

Alstom received a contract from China Steel Corporation (CSC) to deliver 15 Citadis X05 trams for Kaohsiung tramway phase two in January 2017.