ANOTHER SUCCESS OF ŠKODA TRANSPORTATION - TRAMS FROM PLZEŇ ARE ON THEIR WAY TO BONN, GERMANY
Škoda Transportation won a contract for the supply of trams for the transport company of Bonn. The Plzeň-based company will supply a total of 26 modern vehicles from the ForCity Smart platform for the German city. An important part of the contract is the exclusive supply of spare parts for 25 years. As part of the order, the customer can use an option for up to twelve vehicles. The total value of the contract may therefore reach almost four billion CZK. The first trams will appear in Bonn in 2022.
The Plzeň-based company succeeded in a very challenging competition. “The new contract confirms that Škoda trams are able to succeed competing against the world's largest companies, even in the most demanding world markets. Our long-term strategy to strengthen our company's position in Western Europe is confirmed,” says Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of the Škoda Transportation group, Petr Brzezina.
"We are increasing our capacity to optimize our fleet, improve the quality of our services and increase passenger comfort," says Anja Wenmakers, General Manager of the transport company in Bonn, on the successful outcome of negotiations with Škoda. "The new contract with our partner, Škoda Transportation, will significantly reduce maintenance costs and increase the reliability of our urban tram lines," adds Hansjörg Spielhoff, CEO of the transport company in Bonn.
The trams for Bonn are modern bi-directional, three-section, 100% low-floor vehicles with swivel bogies. Comfortable operation is enabled by full vehicle adhesion, which ensures reliable driving characteristics even in bad weather. The transport company will appreciate the low operating costs of the product from the Škoda ForCity Smart platform.
The interior is designed in the spirit of the future of tram transport. Passengers can look forward to comfortable spacious barrier-free vehicles, inside of which there will be two large multifunctional spaces for wheelchairs, prams, or bicycles. The new trams will also offer a straightforward information system with screens and panels, as well as a camera system, which will significantly contribute to ensuring traffic safety and preventing vandalism. The tram will be 30 meters long and will accommodate 180 passengers.
“For the Škoda Transportation group, the contract for Bonn is not the first such success in Germany. A total of eighty new modern trams will head towards the lines between Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg in the coming years. In addition, our modern ForCity trams were inaugurated with passengers a few weeks ago in Chemnitz, Germany, and others are already in operation in Schöneiche. The local transport company is gradually receiving a total of fourteen bi-directional 100% low-floor vehicles of a new design,” adds Zdeněk Majer, Member of the Board of Directors and Senior Vice President for Sales of the Škoda Transportation group.