In 2012, Siemens received the order from the Qatar Foundation to deliver a turnkey tram system for Doha. The Avenio will operate on an 11.5-kilometer line in Doha's Education City completely without overhead contact lines. The trams are equipped with Siemens' Sitras HES hybrid energy storage system that quickly charges even during the shortest station stops. With its catenary-free operation, the Avenio serves as a model for a sustainable rail rapid transit system. At the same time, the technology opens up new perspectives for vehicle design and has a positive impact on the urban landscape.
Siemens is delivering 19 three-section trams. Built in Vienna, the trams are specially equipped for handling the extreme climatic conditions in Qatar. In addition to their heavy-duty air conditioning system, the trams have a special shade on the roof to protect the electrical equipment from intensive heat from the sun.
Siemens previously received the "Red Dot Award: Product Design" in 2015 for the "Velaro" high-speed train. The Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen has been honoring outstanding international product design with its famed Red Dot Award since 1955. Numerous manufacturers and designers of a wide variety of industrial products enter the annual competition for the internationally renowned seal of quality for design. This year, companies and designers in 54 countries submitted a total of 5,500 products for the award. Only designs with the most convincing "high quality of design" received the coveted "Red Dot Award" from the jury. The awards were presented yesterday in Essen, Germany.
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