The first of 14 Solaris Tramino XL LRVs went on display at Leipzig’s exhibition centre on 11 February.
Leipzig City Transport (LVB) awarded the Polish manufacturer a framework contract in 2015 for up to 41 vehicles by 2020. The new fleet will replace its ageing (1969-86) Tatra fleet.
The initial order was for five vehicles, with a further nine ordered in November 2016. If options for all 41 vehicles are taken up, the order value could reach.
Leipzig is the third German city to place an order for the Tramino platform, Jena and Braunscheweig having received five and 18 units respectively.
The 1458mm-gauge vehicles (specific for the LVB network) are 37.63m long and can transport 220 passengers. The concept of the 65% low-floor vehicle was developed by Solaris, LVB and IFS Design, and allows room for 75 seats while retaining a wide passageway throughout. Airconditioning and unique lighting panels (shining warm hues in summer, and cold hues in winter) are also fitted to increase passenger comfort.
The tram was available for viewing between 11-19 February at the entrance to Glass Hale at the Leipzig trade show.