German public transport authority Schleswig Holstein (NAH.SH) has awarded Stadler a €600m contract for the supply of 55 battery-powered FLIRT Akku multiple units.

Stadler was named the preferred bidder for the contract in June. The contract was signed by German Minister of Transport Dr Bernd Buchholz and Stadler Germany CEO Jure Mikolčić in Germany on 14 October.

The contract includes the supply of battery-powered trains and maintenance of the vehicles for 30 years, which will be done at Neumünster and Rendsburg facilities.

The FLIRT Akku vehicle is designed to operate at a maximum speed of 160km/h and on the non-electrified or partly-electrified European routes.

Additionally, the train’s batteries can be charged during operations at non-electrified end stops and under the overhead line, as well as with the energy generated during braking, which saves additional energy.

The new trains will operate on the Kiel-Lübeck-Lüneburg, Bad Oldesloe-Neumünster-Heide-Büsum, Kiel-Husum, Husum-Bad St Peter Ording, Kiel-Rendsburg and Kiel-Eckernförde-Flensburg routes from December 2022.

The company noted that with the introduction of the new FLIRT trains, the use of diesel railcars will be reduced in the future.

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Earlier this month, Stadler secured a contract from Stadtwerke Augsburg for the delivery of eleven TRAMLINK trams.

Last month, Stadler received a €27m contract from Norway’s Bybanen Bergen to supply six additional Variobahn trams, which will extend the existing Stadler-fleet to 34 vehicles.