For the first modern streetcar system in the U.S.A., Škoda Transportation designed the Elektra Portland low-floor tramcar.
The Elektra Portland tramcar is a bi-directional, three-section vehicle. Its center section is suspended between both end sections.
Asynchronous traction motors and microprocessor-controlled voltage inverters, together with the possibility of recuperation, dramatically reduce both energy requirements and maintenance costs. The electrical equipment is placed in easily accessible compact containers mounted on the roof. The car bodies of all vehicle sections are made of well-proven materials, ensuring a long lifetime and excellent reliability.
An entrance height of 350 mm above TOR enables easy boarding of the vehicle. Full barrier-free access is provided by the remote-controlled retractable bridge plates in the wide door area. Useful low-floor area represents 50% of the entire vehicle floor. Inside the spacious, fully air-conditioned interior, there is plenty of space for baby-buggies and passengers with reduced mobility. The comfortable upholstered seats are equipped with exchangeable, easy-to-clean covers. For the passengers’ riding comfort, a comprehensible information system is available.