Alstom Transport has secured a €91m contract from France’s Nice Côte D’Azur Metropolitan Council to deliver 19 Citadis X05 low-floor trams for the city’s East-West line.
The contract includes supply of energy charging systems, maintenance for 12 years, and an option for up to 18 more trams.
These trams will be put into service on the light rail Lines 2 and 3. Line 1 also runs Alstom’s trams, supplied in 2007.
The 44m-long trams, capable of accommodating over 300 people, will be equipped with Alstom’s new ground-based static charging system SRS, which allows the tram to charge automatically in less than 20 seconds at the stations.
In order to guarantee autonomy between two charging points, the trams will be equipped with Citadis Ecopack, an onboard energy storage device.
According to Alstom, Citadis X05 helps to preserve the environment as it is 98% recyclable, consumes 30% less energy and recuperates energy produced during braking.
Unlike Line 1, there is the notable difference of the lack of a catenary over the entire surface section of the route, with regular charging inside the station.
Nice deputy-mayor and Metropolis Nice Côte d’Azur president Christian Estrosi said: "As a fervent advocate of French industry, I am particularly pleased that a French company has been selected for this contract, for which the call to tender was launched in November 2014.
"Renowned for the quality of its projects and its capacity for innovation, Alstom was able to propose competitive solutions adapted to our requirements, of which the first was the absence of an overhead catenary over the entire surface section of the line, allowing our tram to blend into its environment without disruption.
"In the coming months, I will be launching a public consultation to make the final decision regarding the design of the trams, which will circulate from west to east, then on Line 3."
Designed at Alstom’s site in Saint-Ouen and assembled in La Rochelle, the new trams will be delivered in summer 2017, with entry into service on the East-West Line scheduled for 2018.
Alstom will manufacture the parts of the trams at various facilities in France.
The 11.3km Line 2 will connect Airport Terminal 2 and Nikaia Administrative Centre in the west, with Port de Nice in the east. The distance, which includes 3.2km in tunnels, will be covered in 26 minutes.
The 20-station line is expected to carry 104,000 passengers a day initially, with ridership estimated to increase to 140,000 in the mid-term.