The announcement was published in the Official Journal of the European Union by the state-owned Landesanstalt Schienenfahrzeuge Baden-Württemberg (SFBW) leasing company.

The Baden-Württemberg ministry of transport is already preparing future tenders for regional transport with regard to the South East electric network, which is scheduled to begin in December 2025.

The Stuttgart network will also be modified based on a new concept, while other changes in regional passenger transport are expected due to the opening of Stuttgart’s new underground main station as part of the Stuttgart 21 project, with a study underway into the additional capacity required once the project is complete.

The new trains are expected to be based on a single design platform, to ensure they are compatible and interchangeable with various routes.

The authority expects that future operators will use SFBW’s fleet. SFBW says it is open for both leasing and using a life-cycle-based model. The trains must be suitable for through operations between Germany and Switzerland.

SFWB expects to place a base order for between 100 and 120 trains, followed by an option for 80 to 100 trains.

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