Knorr-Bremse, has announced a partnership with Stadler, to equip at least 246 of Stadler’s CITYLINK streetcars with innovative braking and climate control systems.
The agreement, which includes options for up to 258 additional vehicles, will see Knorr-Bremse’s cutting-edge technology deployed across six local transit companies in Austria and Germany.
“For the mobility transition to succeed, it’s crucial to make rail transportation even more attractive and readily available,” emphasised Dr. Nicolas Lange, member of the executive board of Knorr-Bremse AG responsible for the rail division. “We’re delighted to be able to contribute to the safety, reliability, comfort and convenience of rail travel by applying our systems expertise to the equipment required for our customer Stadler’s long-term project.”
The CITYLINK streetcars boast pioneering design features which are designed to connect urban and rural areas are ideal for the Knorr-Bremse systems to be integrated into as Dr. Peter Radina, member of the management board of Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems, highlights: “Stadler’s CITYLINK streetcars, which seamlessly interconnect urban and rural areas, represent a pioneering vehicle design. Among other things, we’re supplying highly innovative braking systems that are precisely tailored to the customer’s requirements.”
Knorr-Bremse confirmed that the LRVs will be equipped with fully hydraulic braking systems which will be optimised further for the specific design – between, for example, the magnetic track brakes, their new hydraulic mountings, and new hydraulic units. These enhancements it hopes will further increase the braking systems’ variability in different operating conditions.
Alongside the new braking system, Knorr-Bremse will be installing climate control systems which will control the air flow and climate in the both the passenger compartments and drivers cab. The system includes a heat-pump function and energy efficient storage and refrigerants.
The contract also covers spare parts delivery, maintenance, and other essential services for the Knorr-Bremse technologies onboard the vehicles and will run for 32 years.