Knorr-Bremse to produce HVAC methods for 606 new BVG metro vehicles

Knorr-Bremse has received the order to supply Stadler Germany with braking, entrance and air conditioning systems that will be used for 606 new subway vehicles operated by the Berlin subway operator Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG).

In addition to these systems, Knorr-Bremse will supply spare parts and offer digital maintenance services for 32 years.

The company claimed this was the first order for entrance and HVAC systems in the subway area with Stadler.

Deliveries will begin in the fourth quarter of this year, while final deliveries will continue through the end of 2026.

If the additional option is exercised by Stadler, the company will deliver its technologies for approximately 894 additional vehicles between the first quarter of 2026 and early 2031.

Dr. Jürgen Wilder, Member of the Board of Management of Knorr-Bremse, said: “This order is a great success for our company, both in terms of its size and relevance, and the largest and most long-term order that Knorr-Bremse has received from Stadler to date.

“As a sign of our long-term commitment to the city in which the underground trains will run, our Berlin plant will also play an important role in the production and maintenance of the devices.”

The railcars will be equipped with the latest version of the IFE RLS sliding door system.

Dr. Peter Radina, Knorr-Bremse Board Member for Rail Vehicle Systems, said: “Together with Merak, our group subsidiary for integrated air conditioning solutions, our technologies offer fleet operators maximum reliability, comfort and energy efficiency over the entire product life cycle.”

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The subway cars are loaded with modern obstacle detection and LED lighting on the door leaves to enable quick, safe and barrier-free entry and exit.

The passenger compartments will be equipped with new heating and ventilation systems, while the driver’s cabs will be equipped with energy-efficient HVAC systems.

More than 100,000 units of the mechatronic brake control system, formerly known as EP2002, have been used worldwide.

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