Alstom Wins Contract for Coradia Continental BEMUs

Alstom will manufacture, deliver and maintain 11 Coradia Continental battery-electric trains (BEMUs) for Verkehrsverbund Mittelsachsen (VMS), with the support of Zweckverband für den Nahverkehrsraum Leipzig (ZVNL), the two authorities responsible for the Leipzig-Chemnitz route for which the new trains are intended.

The contract is worth around 100 million euros (110 million USD). The maintenance provision will run until 2032.

In 2014 Alstom signed a contract with VMS for 29 Coradia Continental EMUs. However, to deal with the 80 kilometres of track between Leipzig and Chemnitz that are not electrified, a battery-electric version was necessary. The new trains will start carrying passengers in December 2023. Alstom will build them at its German site in Salzgitter. It will be Alstom’s traction centre of excellence in Tarbes that will design and supply the battery traction sub-system.