ŠKODA TRANSPORTATION WILL SUPPLY ELECTRIC UNITS TO SLOVAKIA WORTH 4 BILLION CROWNS
Škoda Transportation in consortium with ŽOS Trnava won the tender to supply up to 25 electric units for Slovak Railways (ZSSK). The Slovak company will receive state-of-the-art single-deck RegioPanter units. The value of the option contract is up to 160 million Euro, i.e. more than 4 billion crowns.
“Slovakia is our traditional and important business partner. For several years our double-deck electric units have been successfully operating on Slovakian railroads along with push-pull units and modern locomotives. Moreover, our trolleybuses and trams are also transporting passengers in Slovak cities, which is why we’re very pleased that we were able to succeed in this very challenging competition and that we can follow our previous deliveries,” says Tomáš Ignačák, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Škoda Transportation.
“Modern electric units are truly essential for regional services in the area of Žilina and for our passengers. I'm therefore very pleased that we have successfully completed this important competition. We believe that the units will be of high quality and will operate reliably. We also already have a positive experience with similar units such as those that are to be supplied, and we can therefore expect a smooth delivery process and also for the units to maintain their quality,” said Philip Hlubocký, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of ZSSK.
“Our consortium won the tender not only by price, but above all by quality and the technical solution of the already well-proven modern carriage RegioPanter. In the Škoda factory we will test and approve the first two units, including all the latest changes following the customer's wishes. For the other ordered vehicles, we’ll subsequently manufacture their rough bodies, chassis and traction sets, which we’ll transport to the assembly of vehicles in Slovakia. I’m glad that we will be assembling the carriages in Slovakia in cooperation with ŽOS Trnava, where they have many years of experience. I believe that our cooperation will be fruitful and that together we will provide modern and high-quality vehicles for regional transport to the Slovak national carrier ZSSK,” adds Jaromír Jelínek, Sales Director of Škoda Transportation.
The new RegioPanter electric units will be supplied for regional operation on all electrified lines in Slovakia for a speed of 160 km/h and voltages of 3 kV and 25 kV. Two versions of the electric unit will be provided. The first one with a length of 80 m and a capacity of 247 seats, and the second one with 106 m and a capacity of 343 seats. Each carriage of the unit will have a classic setup with two chassis and each electric unit will have three driving bogies. This will give the units excellent driving properties on all electrified Slovakian lines, allowing them to keep a reliable train schedule in demanding winter conditions.
A wide entrance door along with a fully walk-through modern interior without internal doors will enable the quick and smooth movement of passengers. Boarding the carriage will be possible directly without stairs from most standard platforms with the height of 550 mm. For other platforms, boarding will be provided using retractable stairs. “The passengers will particularly appreciate the comfortable seating, electrical outlets, air-conditioning, stylish LED interior lighting and fitting of the carriage with a spacious modern toilet that is also accessible to disabled persons. The sets will also offer a comprehensive information system with monitors, high-performance Wi-Fi, sufficient space for the transport of disabled persons, prams, bicycles and easy barrier-free boarding for all passengers,” adds Jaromír Jelínek.
There are currently already 28 modern single-deck RegioPanter electric units in operation in regional transport in the Czech Republic and they are very popular. Another nine units for the Pilsen region will be supplied during this year. There are also fourteen state-of-the-art single-deck InterPanter trains for interregional and long-distance transport in operation in the Czech Republic. However, low-floor electric units from the Škoda factory operating in the Czech Republic and Slovakia as well as Lithuania and Ukraine, and personal carriages from the subsidiary company Transtech carry passengers in Finland. At this time, deliveries of six push-pull units for German customer Deutsche Bahn are on the way.
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