E1 Class

Melbourne’s current E-class trams are three-section, four-bogie articulated trams that were introduced in 2013. They are built at the Dandenong works of Bombardier. In September 2010, 50 were ordered with an option to purchase a further 100. In May 2015, a further 20 were ordered, followed by additional orders for 10 in May 2017, September 2018 and May 2019, taking the total to 100.

The first tram was delivered in June 2013 and, after testing, entered service on route 96 on 4 November 2013. The last tram to be delivered, 6100, will be delivered in a special livery and is expected to enter service during late August or early September 2021.

E1 class 6010, and E2 class 6052. Note the thinner (safer) ‘A’ pillar design for the E2 class.
E1 class 6010, and E2 class 6052. Note the thinner (safer) ‘A’ pillar design for the E2 class.

There are two classes, the E1 (trams 6001-6050) and E2 (trams 6051-6100),  with differences in the design of the cab to improve ergonomics and decrease blind spots for drivers, and improved hand-holds for passengers in the saloon.

You can find out more about the Flexity Swift range of trams here. Read more on the Melbourne E Class here.

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