Wiener Linien, the public transport operator in Vienna, have commissioned a consortium under the leadership of Siemens to supply another 20 subway trains. The order, based on a 1998 master agreement, is worth 191 million euros in total. Siemens' share is 153 million euros, consortium partner Bombardier has another 38 million euros. The cars can feed more than one third of their braking energy back into the power system.
Under the order from Wiener Linien, Siemens is responsible for the train engineering, the construction of the car bodies, their interior furnishings and part of the electrical equipment, while Bombardier's share includes supply of the air-conditioning units. The trains will be built in the Siemens Works in Vienna, Austria. Delivery is scheduled between 2012 and 2017. This order resulted from the City of Vienna exercising the third option of a master agreement signed in 1998 for the purchase of 60 new subway trains. In 2002 and 2006 Wiener Linien ordered a total of 40 trains, 27 of which are already in service.
The rail cars can feed more than one third of their braking energy back into the power system. This reduction in energy consumption not only cuts costs but also lowers the impact on the environment. The rail cars are also up to 90 percent recyclable, which is yet another benefit for the environment. These new trains are part of Siemens' environmental portfolio which generated sales of almost 19 billion euros for the company in fiscal 2008. This is about one quarter of the company's total sales, and makes Siemens the world's largest supplier of environmentally compatible technology.