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04 September 2014

First catenary-free trams with Bombardier technology in regular revenue service in China

Bombardier partner CSR Nanjing Puzhen Rolling Stock Co. Ltd. (CSR Puzhen) has delivered the first four of 15 catenary-free low-floor trams to the city of Nanjing, China. Two of these trams have entered into passenger revenue service on the 8 km long Hexi line to support the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games, held in Nanjing between August 16 and 28, 2014.

Nanjing’s new trams represent the next generation of tram technology. Based on new high-power BOMBARDIER PRIMOVE Li-Ion battery systems, the trams operate without overhead cables on 90 per cent of the lines. The batteries are re-charged seamlessly during normal passenger service via the pantograph, statically at tram stops and dynamically during acceleration. It is the first time ever that trams with PRIMOVE traction batteries have entered into passenger service as well as the first time, in general, that Li-ion batteries have been used for catenary-free tram operation. 

In total, eight vehicles will run on the Hexi line, which connects four stops on central metro lines 1 and 2 with the venues of the Youth Olympic Games. 

Detailed information about the catenary free tram in Nanjing, China can be found here.

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