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Timişoara chooses Bozankaya trams

Bozankaya has made a breakthrough into the European market with its order for Timişoara, based upon a design already built for Kayseri in Turkey. Image courtesy of Bozankaya

The Municipality of Timisoara in Romania has signed an agreement with Turkish rolling stock manufacturer Bozankaya for 16 five-section 100% low-floor trams for RON155.8m (EUR32.9m).

The first 32.7m tram is to be delivered before the end of 2020, with all vehicles due to be the city within 48 months of contract signature. Options exist for a further 24 trams that would see the contract value rise to RON380m (EUR80m). The only other bid was from Polish manufacturer Pesa. The procurement is being financed through European Union grant funding.

Bozankaya claims that the new 70km/h-capable trams will be able to run on battery power for up to 60km (37 miles) in the event of traction supply outages; they will be the first trams with onboard traction energy storage in Romania. This is significant as the city is planning to build new tramlines for the 2021 European City of Culture event, but may not have time to complete electrification of the new sections.

Although relatively new to the rail market – the company began its first rail R&D projects in 2012 – Bozankaya has built 30 similar trams for the Turkish city of Kayseri. The  order marks the first tramway contract outside its domestic market, although the manufacturer has delivered metro cars to Bangkok’s SkyTrain line as part of a joint venture with Siemens with the latter supplying bogies, traction and braking equipment.Bozankaya was responsible for vehicle assembly at its Ankara plant. The first metro vehicle was completed in June 2018 and delivered to Bangkok last August.