Auckland Transport and CAF signed a contract valued at approximately 120 Australian million dollars on November 7 covering the supply of a further 15 three-car electric multiple-units from 2019 and the provision of eight years of maintenance.
The order is being funded by NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Council. There is provision in the contract for further units to be ordered, as well as an option for the EMUs to be fitted with battery packages which would enable them to replace diesel multiple-units on the Papakura – Pukekohe route which is not currently electrified.
In 2011 CAF was awarded an initial contract to supply 57 EMUs and maintain them for 12 years. They entered service from 2014, and have since covered more than 11 million km. The latest batch of stainless steel EMUs will be similar to those previously supplied, with two driving motor cars and one low-floor intermediate trailer giving a capacity of 380 passengers per unit.