German public transport operating company Stuttgarter Strassenbahnen has ordered Stadler Pankow to supply additional 20 S-DT8.12 light rail vehicles (LRVs) at a cost of €73m.

The latest order is an option that has been exercised as part of the €77m original contract awarded in January 2010. The company will also deliver a spare parts package.

The addition of LRVs will expand its existing fleet, which has been operating in the Stuttgart city area since autumn 2013.

"The vehicles are easy to adapt to the existing city centre infrastructure."

The S-DT8.12 is based on the Tango LRV product series, which are 39.1m-long across the coupling and track gauge of 1,435mm.

Designed for transportation in the city, the Tango has modular construction and moves at a maximum speed of 80kmph. The dual traction carriage has eight axles, which are powered separately.

Stadler Pankow director Michael Daum said: "We are very pleased they are so satisfied, and even more passengers will get to enjoy the comfort of the trams in the future.

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"The vehicles are easy to adapt to the existing city centre infrastructure and are ideally suited to the conditions on the Stuttgart tram network."

The air-conditioned carriage has a width of 2.65m, which creates space for 106 seats and 144 standing passengers. The vehicles have four entry doors on each side for fast movement of passengers.

The delivery of the LRVs will begin from mid-2016.

Image: The S-DT8.12 light rail vehicle ordered by Stuttgarter Strassenbahnen. Photo: courtesy of Stadler Pankow.