The state-owne drailway company Comboios de Portugal (CP) and Stadler have signed a contract for the manufacture and deliveryof 22 regional trainsof the type FLIRT.The order value amounts to around 158 million euros. This is the first time tha tStadler ́sFLIRT train will be used for passenger serviceonthe Iberian Peninsula
Stadler manufactures for the first time FLIRT for passenger service on the Iberian-gauge of 1668 millimetres. The twelve bimodal FLIRT (BMU) are equipped with an additional drive module, which includes the diesel-electric drive. This enables driving on non-electrified lines.Thanks to their modular design,a possible future refitting from bimodal to purely electric driveor the replacement of the diesel generators with batteries ares implified,depending on the railway operator’s needs. Furthermore, 95 per cent of the material used is recyclable.
Ansgar Brockmeyer, sales director at Stadler, says: “We are proud that our FLIRT has been selected for the renewal of the regional train fleet. I am convinced that Portuguese passengers will appreciate the innovative and modern FLIRT –as millions of people in Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands, among other countries, already do. The Portuguese market is extremely important for Stadler. We are happy that we can contribute to the modernization of the Portuguese railway industry”.
More information on the vehiclesThe 22FLIRT are 63.2 metres (EMU)respectively74.4 metres (BMU)long. They consist of three aluminium car-bodies with a maximum capacity for 375 passengers, 214 of them seated. These trains can reach a maximum speed of 160 respectively140 kilometres per hour, depending on the power source used.Stadler has paid particular attention on optimising vehicle accessibility, enabling step-free access from platforms of different heights for all passengers –also for people with limited mobility. Thetrains also have areas reserved for wheelchairs, pushchairs and bikes.
Vending machines canbe installed on board to enhance the passenger experience.Additionally, the FLIRT will have Wi-Fiwhich enables passengers to access operator contentas well asmultimedia content. Anadvanced passenger information system further contributes to a great travel experiencein the new FLIRT.
More than 1900 FLIRT sold
The FLIRT is Stadler’s bestseller and is extremely popular with customers all over the world. To date, Stadler has sold more than 1900FLIRT trains in 21 countries. Currently, Stadler is manufacturing bimodal FLIRT for three further projects in Europe totalling67 vehicles. Two of these projects are for costumers in Great Britain-namely Abellio East Anglia and Keolis Amey Wales & Borders–and one for Valle d’Aosta, Italy.Bimodal FLIRT, the FLIRT H2a nd the FLIRT Akku are positioning Stadler as the leading manufacturer of environmentally friendly trains with alternative drive.