The vehicles were delivered from Bombardier’s plant at Bautzen, Germany, to DVG’s Grunewald depot, which has been expanded and upgraded.
DVG ordered 47 Flexity Classic LRVs in November 2017. The €132m contract includes the provision of spare parts and maintenance services for 24 years, with an option for an eight-year extension.
The two prototype LRVs will be extensively tested and commissioned before receiving the authorisation to place into service. Bombardier and DVG plan to introduce the vehicles into service in summer 2021, in line with the delivery of the series-built LRVs.
The 70%-low-floor vehicles are 34m-long and 2.3m-wide and provide barrier free access, with seating capacity for 200 passengers. Spaces are available for pushchairs, wheelchairs and bicycles.
Five doors are placed along each side of the vehicle, and mechanical flaps extend to bridge the gap between the vehicle and the stop to improve accessibility.
The LRVs are equipped with regenerative braking, which can power the heating system or be returned via the overhead electrification, as well as air-conditioning, CCTV and a passenger information system.
DVG plans to operate the new LRVs on lines 901 and 903.
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