Following a European tender, Freiburg Transport (VAG) awarded CAF a contract in March 2013 to supply 12 vehicles. The first six of these vehicles will enter service on July 27 and expand the fleet in readiness for the opening of the extension city's exhibition centre. The remaining six vehicles will be delivered in 2017, when the line to Rotteckring is due to be completed.
The 650V dc bidirectional vehicles are 42m long and accommodate up to 241 passengers, 72 of them seated.
VAG has not disclosed the purchase price for the vehicles, although it says the value of the contract, which includes spare parts and maintenance, is "less than €40m."
The contract is CAF's first order for LRVs from a German customer.