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Cerha Hempel Advises Stadler on OBB Procurement of Battery-Powered Trains

Cerha Hempel Advises Stadler on OBB Procurement of Battery-Powered Trains

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Cerha Hempel has advised Stadler Bussnang on OBB's tender procedure for up to 120 Cityjet battery-powered trains. Schramm Oehler reportedly advised OBB.

Stadler Rail is a Swiss manufacturer of railway rolling stock, with an emphasis on regional train multiple units and trams.

The Austrian Federal Railways, commonly known as OBB, is the national railway company of Austria.

According to Cerha Hempel, “Stadler was named best bidder in the tender procedure. The award decision is now legally binding following the expiry of the standstill period.” Under a framework agreement, the OBB is ordering up to 120 Cityjet battery-powered trains from Stadler for commuter services over a ten-year period. The trains are intended to replace the OBB's existing diesel fleet. In total, the contract is valued at up to EUR 1.3 billion.

“It will be possible to operate the trains in a sustainable manner on lines that are only partially electrified, especially in the east of Austria. The first 16 trains from the initial order are expected to enter service on the Kamptalbahn from 2028 and are yet another measure taken by OBB and Stadler to decarbonize rail transport in Austria,” Cerha Hempel announced.

The Cerha Hempel team included Partner Georg Konrad, Senior Associate Wolfgang Schreiner, and Associate Simona Dabeskovic.

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