Rolling stock manufacturer Alstom has announced that its Citadis X05 trams have commenced passenger service on Kaohsiung’s South Circular Light Rail line (LRT) in Taiwan.

In November 2020, the Citadis X05 trams entered commercial operation on the existing first phase of Kaohsiung’s circular LRT.

The company has designed, supplied and commissioned around 15 Citadis X05 trams along with the power supply and energy storage equipment.

Alstom China and East Asia managing director Olivier Loison said: “Being the first Asian city to adopt the Citadis X05, we are excited to be contributing towards the green modernisation of Kaohsiung’s public transport network while protecting the aesthetic appeal of the city.

“With their efficiency, availability and easier maintenance, the Citadis trams provide a step-change in the city’s transport capability, reliability and comfort.”

The trams are equipped with a low floor, double doors, large bay windows, ambient LED lighting, spacious seats and large passenger information screens.

When combined with the autonomy charging solution, Citadis Ecopack energy storage and catenary-free recharging system at each station will enable these trams to operate autonomously.

The trams feature permanent magnet motors for greater efficiency and enhanced heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC), thereby reducing energy consumption by almost 25%.

To reduce lifecycle costs, the trams have simplified sub-system integration and maintenance. They are also 97% recyclable.

Nearly eight Alstom sites in France were involved in the production of these trams.

Sesto in Italy was responsible for the traction system equipment while the Taiwan team carried out the on-site testing, training in addition to the warranty services.