Škoda Electric will supply other 40 trolleybuses to Bratislava
Other 40 trolleybuses from Škoda Electric for more than half a billion Czech crowns, with the use of the funds of EU from the Operational Program Transport, will be heading to Slovak capital Bratislava. The new contract is a continuation of the last year’s contract for the supply of 80 vehicles. This means that the fleet of the new Škoda trolleybuses for Bratislava will be 120 vehicles in total for 1.6 billion Czech crowns, which will result in a complete renewal of the vehicle fleet.
”Frankly, I am really happy that we were able to exercise the option for other 40 vehicles, so we can achieve a complete renewal of the trolleybus fleet in our capital city,” said chairman of the Board of the Transport Company Bratislava Lubomír Belfi. He also emphasised that it is a historical step, which could not have been done without active help and participation of the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic (SR), which is also the controlling body of the Operational Program Transport in SR.
“If we are to motivate people today to use public transport more often, we need to offer them high-quality services. That is why we wanted to find a solution, which would offer a modern and safe way of travel to the inhabitants and visitors of Bratislava. I am convinced that those 120 new trolleybuses will bring this kind of comfort to people,” said the minister of transport, construction and regional development Ján Počiatek.
”Bratislava’s Transport Company will acquire 20 high-capacity vehicles Škoda 31 Tr and 20 twelve-meter vehicles Škoda 30 Tr within the currently exercised option. These 40 option trolleybuses will be supplied by Škoda Electric in the next year, they will be a smooth follow-up to the last delivery of 80 trolleybuses,“ says the commercial manager of Petr Kasenčák and he adds: “Currently, the deliveries from the previous contract for 80 trolleybuses are already in progress. First two trolleybuses were ceremonially handed over in Bratislava in April. We will have delivered all the eighty trolleybuses by the April of the next year.”
Škoda Electric manufactures a part of the trolleybuses for the contract with the Bratislava Transport Company with the auxiliary diesel-aggregate, so these vehicles will be able to go even into places, where there are no traction wires. Moreover, passengers will be able to enjoy the advantages of a high-performance air-conditioning or barrier-free access. Škoda Company in Plzeň is successful with its supply of trolleybuses not only in Bratislava, but also in Prešov, Banská Bystrica and Žilina. Škoda trolleybuses are also used in thirteen towns of the Czech Republic including Ostrava, Plzeň or Hradec Králové.
In the recent several months, Škoda Electric concluded a contract for a complete assembly and supply of electrical equipment for 49 trolleybuses to the Italian city of Bologna and for six modern twelve-meter low-floor vehicles for the Spanish tourist resort Castellon. The use of the latest trolleybuses from Plzeň has recently been initiated in several Bulgarian towns, for example Sofia and Pleven.
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Škoda Transportation is one of the leading European companies in the field of transport engineering. Its primary products include low-floor trams, electric locomotives, suburban train units, underground sets, trolley buses, traction motors and complete drives for transportation systems. Sales of the group amount to approximately 15 billion Czech crowns annually, and the group has employed approximately four thousand people for several years. Škoda Transportation has several subsidiary companies and joint ventures not only in the Czech Republic but also in China, Poland, Hungary and Germany. It is only thanks to its high investment in research and development that Škoda Transportation can regularly introduce new and modern products to the market. These products have also been successful abroad. Škoda Transportation has invested over 3 billion Czech crowns into research and development over the last three years.