Bombardier Transportation and Alstom Transport have won an order from Deutsche Bahn Regio AG (DB) for 83 electric multiple units of the ET 430 series. The value of the order amounts to approximately 452 million euros ($605 million US). Alstom's share accounts for around 112 million euros ($150 million US). The contract includes an option for up to 83 additional electric multiple units.
In a European-wide bid, at the beginning of March 2009, DB Regio AG won an order from the regional council of the German city of Stuttgart (VRS) to further operate its S-Bahn network. DB Regio will run the new multiple units on six suburban railway lines carrying approximately 330,000 passengers daily.
The new vehicles are up to 40 percent more energy efficient than the currently used ET 420 series in Stuttgart’s S-Bahn system. The multiple units are equipped with environmentally-friendly electrical brakes, which are able to feed back surplus energy to the power grid when braking. Heat released by components, such as transformers and power converters is used to warm the vehicles, which in turn generates significant cost and energy savings.
The design of the electrical multiple units type ET 430 was developed in close cooperation with the operator S-Bahn Stuttgart. The four-car vehicles are fitted with 24 electrical swivel-sliding doors each with bridge plates for more safety during board and exit. The wide centre aisles of the vehicle and the accessible gangways allow for comfortable, convenient and safe passenger flow within and between cars. Excellent visibility of the complete interior length of the train is achieved due to the spacious clearance above the seat backrests. This high level of openness as well as four video security cameras per car increase passenger safety. Onboard monitors display information on live rail traffic in real time.
The trains achieve speeds of up to 140 km/h and have excellent accelerating power. They are also designed according to the latest EU Directives "Technical specification of interoperability" (TSI), "Accessibility for persons with reduced mobility" (TSI PRM) and "Safety in tunnels" (TSI SRT). Taking into consideration the current crash requirements, all vehicles provide a high level of safety. The vehicles will be built by Bombardier in Hennigsdorf and by Alstom in Salzgitter, both located in Germany. They will be delivered between February 2012 and December 2012.
Dr. Lutz Bücken, Systemverbund Bahn’s chief representative, responsible for DB procurement said: "Our aim is to offer our customers the best possible service, which is why we consistently continue to invest in modern, reliable and energy efficient vehicles. Deutsche Bahn will remain one of our economy’s major contractors, ensuring job security in the coming years with its orders."
Dr. Klaus Baur, Chairman of the Board of Management, Bombardier Transportation Germany commented: ”The ET 430 opens a new chapter in our successful and long-standing cooperation with Deutsche Bahn. It is a technically sophisticated and advanced electric multiple unit. Once more, this order highlights our expertise in the field.”
"The ET 430 offers passengers environmentally-friendly efficiency combined with comfort and safety. This is the right concept for future commuter traffic", stated Stephan Krenz, President Business Unit Germany & Scandinavia and Managing Director Germany, Bombardier Transportation.