In Germany, on behalf of two transit agencies, Alstom will manufacture, supply and maintain eleven Coradia Continental battery-electric trains for regional transport on the Leipzig-Chemnitz line by 2032. The order volume is worth around 100 million euros.
The trains have been ordered by the VMS (Verkehrsverbund Mittelsachsen) with the support of the ZVNL (Zweckverband für den Nahverkehrsraum Leipzig) and are to go into operation in 2023. The eleven battery trains will be manufactured in Salzgitter in Lower Saxony.
According to Alstom, the trains of the Coradia Continental type will have a range of up to 120 kilometres and can run both with overhead lines as well as on non-electrified lines. In battery mode, the maximum speed is 160 kph. According to Alstom, the capacity of the lithium-ion batteries is calculated “in such a way that catenary operation on the Chemnitz-Leipzig line is guaranteed without any loss of performance or comfort”. The three-car trains are 56 metres long and accommodate 150 seats.
The VMS had already ordered 29 Coradia Continental electric regional trains from Alstom in 2014. The new battery-electric trains will be very similar to these overhead line trains but differ mainly in the additional batteries installed on the roof.
In addition to the electric and battery-electric versions of the Coradia Continental, Alstom is also offering a fuel cell train with the Coradia iLint within the product family. However, the Coradia iLint is based on a different railcar than the Continental models. The iLint is already in service in the state of Lower Saxony in Germany.