The NGT12+ is a five-section, low-floor, uni-directional vehicle with a length of 45 metres and a width of 2.4 metres and will thus be the largest vehicle in Saxony's future project: the joint procurement of trams by the three transport companies from Leipzig, Zwickau and Görlitz.
The tender jointly launched by the three transport companies under the project name "Saxon Platform – Tram of the Future" offers many advantages in technical and economic terms through the use of synergies: from vehicle approval to spare parts procurement and with a view to future technological developments. Solutions and concepts for driver assistance systems and alternative drives such as hydrogen are being developed jointly.
All vehicles are based on a similar platform, but are individualised for the different transport companies: for example, in the exterior finish, the colour design of the interior and in technical components that take into account the different infrastructure of the city, as well as the length and vehicle width.
The new "XXL trams" for Leipzig will be wider – with more seats, powerful WLAN and enlarged multifunctional areas, the NGT12+ will make travelling as pleasant as possible for passengers and drivers in future. In addition, the vehicle will record the occupancy level itself and communicate it to the waiting passengers at the stop via a display on the outside - a big step in terms of accessibility for all passengers who depend on the low-floor boarding and multifunctional area. With regard to safety, modern assistance systems will be used in all trains and an optimised driver's workplace will be installed.
Picture credits: Leipziger Gruppe (Exterior) and HeiterBlick (Interior)