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Financing for investments in local public transport

KfW IPEX-Bank finances investments in local public transport (LPT) within Germany and Europe, thus helping to protect both the environment and the climate while also boosting mobility.

Financing case RNV: New trams for Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH

Under the project 'Rhein-Neckar-Tram 2020' Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH is purchasing 80 new rail vehicles. The loan provided by KfW IPEX-Bank amounts to approx. EUR 87.5 million.

Project profile:

  • Total investment volume of more than EUR 250 million
  • 80 new trams that can be used in double traction
  • For local public transport in the cities of Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg
  • The aim is to modernise and expand the vehicle fleet and to improve local public transport services.
  • 100% of the long-term financing is guaranteed by the three owner municipalities in accordance with their voting shares.
  • Czech manufacturer Škoda Transportation to supply the new trams (produced at a Finnish subsidiary of Škoda)

Contribution of KfW IPEX Bank:

  • KfW IPEX-Bank leads the consortium with NORD/LB Norddeutsche Landesbank
  • Lending volume of KfW IPEX-Bank: around EUR 87.5 million
  • 32 years' term
  • Advice on financing structure
  • Particular challenge: Rhein-Neckar Verkehr GmbH (RNV) is a joint venture of the cities of Mannheim, Heidelberg (both located in Baden-Württemberg) and Ludwigshafen (Rhineland-Palatinate). Thus the legal structures needed to be coordinated not only with three municipalities but also with two federal states.
  • The European Investment Bank (EIB) is also providing a long-term loan.