The NGTZ is a three-section, low-floor, uni-directional vehicle with a length of 30 metres and a width of 2.3 metres. The NGTZ is an "L" length vehicle from the joint procurement of trams by the three transport companies from Leipzig, Zwickau and Görlitz. Like the NGT12+ (Leipzig) and the NGTG (Görlitz), the Zwickau vehicle is based on the joint platform, which is being designed for Zwickau in a number of points: 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 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.
The new "L trams" for Zwickau will be low-floor vehicles – barrier-free, with high-performance WLAN and enlarged multifunctional areas, the NGTZ will make travelling as pleasant as possible for passengers and drivers in future. In addition, the vehicle will detect 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 trams and an optimised driver's workplace will be installed.
Picture credits: Leipziger Gruppe (Exterior) and HeiterBlick (Interior)