CAF Mexico closes a contract to produce and export 23 trains to New Zealand

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Nuevo tren de última generación del Metro de la Ciudad de México realizado por manos mexicanas en CAF México. Foto: Alberto Cisneros / XQUENDAFOTO

The manufacturer CAF Mexico closed a contract for more than 130 million euros to produce 23 electric trains for Auckland Transport for export to Auckland, New Zealand, which will be manufactured at its plant in Huehuetoca, State of Mexico.

The trains will have a capacity of 380 passengers each, and their production will begin in March 2023, and it is estimated that it will end in 2025.

The agreement is an extension of the contract awarded to Grupo CAF –the company’s parent in Spain– in 2011 for to supply 57 electrical units, to which 15 units were added in 2017.

Likewise, the possible expansion of this project in five additional units is contemplated.

The trains, with three cars each, are made of two end motor cars with cabs and an intermediate trailer car.

Its structure will be made of stainless steel, each one incorporating two doors on its side for the entry and exit of users. The intermediate car will have a low floor to give access to the unit for people with reduced mobility and wheelchair users.

The trains will be of the regional electric type, with a length of 72 meters per train. In addition, it will have technology that will allow knowing the exact number of passengers transported, as well as the users who get on and off the trains at each station.

This is the second export project for CAF Mexico, which recently completed the delivery of 28 trains for LRT Line 1 in Manila, Philippines, as part of a €225 million contract.

In addition, the company is currently working with the Federal Government to expand the Suburban Train to the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA).

Source: Expansion