The three-section 70% low-floor vehicles will have a maximum speed of 70km/h and the first units are due to be delivered at the end of this year.

China is financing 60% of the $US 400m light rail project, with the remainder coming from the Ethiopian government. The network will have three lines: Defence Forces Hospital - Ayat Village (17.3km), Meskel Square - Kality (16.2km) and Lideta - Menilik Square (3.9km).