The German operator Bremer Straßenbahn AG (BSAG) has awarded a contract to Siemens for the delivery of 67 Avenio series GT8N-2 trams, with an option for up to 17 additional trams. The four-section trains will begin service in Bremen's tram network starting in the spring of 2019, replacing the current GT8N-series trams.
“Modern, comfortable, reliable, durable and naturally barrier-free – that's the new tram for everyone in Bremen," said Hajo Müller, BSAG board spokesman. "Today's signing of the contract marks a milestone for mass transit in Bremen and the surrounding region. The Avenio is the ideal tram for Bremen's community. With its spacious interior, wireless Internet access and information system with double monitors, it fulfills all the demands for comfort and quality that we and our riders expect of a modern tram."
Jochen Eickholt, CEO of Siemens Mobility, stated, "Following Munich, The Hague and Doha, Bremen is now the fourth city we are supplying with the Avenio. Our modular design ensures that the Avenio can be tailored to each city's particular needs and can also be flexibly used in a demanding infrastructure.”
The new trams features a single interior, large windows, LED lighting and an electric lift at the second door which operates a complete section of the floor. The Avenio uses a large part of its recovered braking energy for heating or feeds it back into the power grid. The trams have capacity for 259 passengers and a maximum speed of 70 km/h.