VBK and AVG placed an initial €75m order for 25 vehicles in October 2011 and deliveries started in May 2014 with the first vehicles entering service in October. So far AVG has received around half of the vehicles from the first order.
Vossloh Rail Vehicles is assembling the tram-trains at its Albuixech plant near Valencia, Spain, while Vossloh Kiepe is supplying electrical equipment traction vehicle control systems, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, train control systems, passenger information systems, and CCTV.
The 80km/h, 37.2m-long vehicles are 2.65m wide and accommodate up to 224 passengers, 104 of them seated.
The NET 2012 is equipped with IGBT inverters and to meet the high redundancy requirements specified by VBK and AVG, each of the four 125kW four-phase asynchronous traction motors is supplied by its own inverter.
The NET 2012s will operate over the main line network on tram-train lines S1 (Hochstetten – Bad Herrenalb) and S11 (Hochstetten – Ittersbach).