Spain-based railway systems components manufacturer CAF has secured a contract worth around €100m to supply 15 electric units for the city of Auckland, New Zealand.
The contract, which is comprehensive of vehicle maintenance for a period of eight years, has an extension option to fit the units with battery packages.
This will enable the units to run on the line section between Papakura and Pukekohe, which is not electrified at present.
These electrical units are set to replace the old diesel units that are currently in service in this section.
The city of Auckland awarded a contract to CAF in 2011 for the supply of 57 electric units and their maintenance for 12 years.
Commissioned in 2014, those units have completed a total mileage of more than 11 million kilometres since then.
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The new units have been ordered to take up the growth in demand experienced in the New Zealand city’s railway network.
Similar to those previously supplied, the units comprise three cars, two cabbed-end motor cars and one intermediate trailer car, with a capacity to accommodate 380 passengers.
Made of stainless steel, each car is equipped with two passenger access doors per side.
As the intermediate car has a low floor, people with reduced mobility will have easy access.