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CAF to supply trams in the UK; Solaris to supply electric buses in Spain [free access]

October 8, 2019

Spain-based CAF and its subsidiary, Solaris Bus & Coach (Solaris), have secured two separate contracts in two countries, the UK and Spain, to supply trams and electric buses.


CAF has secured a GBP83.5 million contract from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to supply 21 battery-equipped trams, provide spare parts, and maintain and renew the onboard lithium-ion batteries for the Midlands Metro, a light rail network in England. The contract includes an option to supply additional 29 trams. The delivery of vehicles is scheduled to begin from late 2021.


The new trams will be deployed on the Birmingham Westside Metro extension to Centenary Square. These trams will be first in the UK to feature catenary-free operations. The battery-equipped trams eliminate the potentially disruptive and expensive installation of overhead electrification equipment.


Currently, under a separate contract, the existing fleet of 21 CAF Urbos trams is being retrofitted with Saft’s Greentech lithium-ion batteries.


In addition, Solaris has secured a contract from ALSA, a bus operator in Bilbao, to supply two Urbino 12 electric buses and two charging stations by the end of 2019. Each bus will have a capacity to carry at least 75 passengers (26 seated), an audio passenger information system, USB sockets and CCTV.


(1 GBP [British Pound] = 1.22 USD)