Exacting requirements are placed on modern light rail vehicles. A boarding height along the entire length of the vehicle, for instance, means that the floor height must also be low, leaving only a restricted space for installing the gear unit and traction motor drive system. VEM Sachsenwerk GmbH has successfully faced up to these challenges with its development of a new series of traction motors for low-floor vehicles.
Motor and spur gearing as transverse drive. At the gear unit end, the motor does not have its own end shield, but is instead flanged directly to the gear unit. The transverse drive option is currently proving suc-cessful in „Flexity Classic“ low-floor trams with motors of various outputs, operating in Dessau, Dresden, Halle, Frankfurt/Main, Leipzig and Adelaide.
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