The first four tram bodies for Qatar's Education City Tram have been completed by Siemens, marking a key milestone in the project to build the Middle East's most energy efficient tram system.
The Avenio tram bodies - the first of 19 - have been built at the Siemens production facility in Vienna, Austria, the company said in a statement.
A delegation from Qatar, including representatives from Qatar Foundation and consulting firm Astad, took a tour of the factory to observe the construction of the first units.
"The on-time completion of the first two train bodies is a significant milestone for this important project," said Fatih Sakiz, CEO, Siemens Qatar.
"The Qatar Education City tram will be a benchmark in energy-efficient urban mobility for Qatar and the whole Middle East, and Siemens is proud to be the first to bring this technology to the region."
The Siemens Avenio trams will operate without overhead contact lines and receive electric power while paused at the 25 stations along the 11.5km route within Qatar Foundation.
The overhead contact line-free system design allows for highly-efficient operation and maintenance. The trams will be equipped with powerful air conditioning systems and special sun protectors on the roof that will protect the electrical equipment from radiant heat.
As part of the contract, Siemens will also supply signaling and communication technology as well as depot equipment.
In total Siemens will supply 19 trams, each with three cars and able to accommodate up to a maximum of 239 passengers per tram.
Following static testing in Vienna the first trains will be sent to Germany for dynamic testing before delivery to Doha.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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