Record order: Škoda electric will suply trolleybuses to Riga for 104 million euros
Škoda Electric closed a contract for the supply of 125 trolleybuses to the Latvian Riga. In the course of five years, it will supply low-floor articulated trolleybuses of the type Škoda 27 Tr in total value of up to 104 million euros to the Latvian metropolis. The contract also includes the possibility to exercise the option for other 38 trolleybuses.
Škoda Electric has signed already the third significant export contract for trolleybuses within the last several weeks. On the whole, these three export projects amount to 176 million euro. Fifty new trolleybuses for almost 28 million euros are heading to the Bulgarian capital Sofia and eighty vehicles for 44 million euros to Bratislava. The order for Riga is, however, exceptional because of the fact that the matter is so far the biggest contract in the recent history of our company,“ says Jaromír Šilhánek, general manager of Škoda Electric.
Škoda Electric won the tender announced in the last year by the Riga transport company (Rigas Satiksme). The tender also included the ensuring of financing for the period of eight years. That is why a major contribution to the success of Škoda Electric can be attributed to Česká spořitelna and Export Guarantee and Insurance Company, which participate in the financing of the whole project.
The first trolleybuses will be supplied to Riga already in the course of the next year. “Vehicles will be equipped with auxiliary diesel-generator intended for the ride also outside of traction mains. The equipment will also include air-conditioning or modern information system including a mechanism for the count of passengers,“ stated Karel Majer, director of the Trolleybuses division at Škoda Electric.
The Riga transport company nowadays operates nineteen trolleybus lines and annually transports 45 million passengers. It has 267 trolleybuses in the rolling stock. “In Riga, the Škoda trolleybuses have been popular for several decades. The first trolleybuses were supplied to Riga as early as in 1955. The present order follows up on 150 low-floor trolleybuses Škoda 24 Tr for approximately 60 million euros, which were supplied in the years 2007-2009,“adds Karel Majer. Besides trolleybuses, also modern low-floor trams ForCity are used in Riga.
Škoda Electric supplies trolleybuses also to Hungarian Szeged, Slovakian Prešov, the Uzbek town of Urgench and some other Czech towns. The success is celebrated also by other divisions of the company. For instance, for the American concern GE Transportation, Škoda Electric is currently producing 660 pieces of complete mechanical drives for 110 locomotives, which will be intended for passenger transport in Kazakhstan. The complete traction equipment for 23 five-vehicular sets of subway is heading to the Chinese town Su-čou and the complete electric accessories and mechanical drive for eight tens of locomotives are supplied to the Korean company Hyundai Rotem.
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Škoda Electric, the subsidiary company Škoda Transportation, is a traditional producer of electric drives and traction motors for locomotives, suburban train units, subway, trolleybuses, trams, mining vehicles, etc. It is a continuation of a longtime tradition of electrotechnical production of Škoda´s factories in Pilsen, which was initiated in the year 1901 in the Electrotechnical plant. High technical performance of Škoda Electric products, long-term experience with production and excellent quality of technology together with high productivity of employees offer effective conditions for successful production destined for local as well as foreign markets.