Alstom signs €100m contract to deliver battery-powered trains in Germany

They will have a range of up to 120 kilometres and can travel at a top speed of 160km/h in battery mode

Alstom has signed a contract worth approximately €100 million (£85m) to manufacture and maintain battery-electric trains for a line in Germany.

Running until 2032, the agreement will see it deliver 11 Coradia Continental battery-electric trains for use on the Leipzig-Chemnitz route on behalf of Verkehrsverbund Mittelsachsen, with the support of Zweckverband für den Nahverkehrsraum Leipzig - these are the two authorities responsible for the line.

The battery-powered trains, which will be built at Alstom's German site of Salzgitter, in Lower Saxony, will bridge the 80 kilometres of non-electrified line between the cities of Chemnitz and Leipzig from 2023.

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