SYMBOL OF RELIABILITY - ŠKODA TRAMS IN TURKEY HAVE EXCEEDED THE LIMIT OF TWO MILLION KILOMETERS TRAVELLED
The excellent operational reliability of Škoda trams has been demonstrated by the two million kilometers travelled by a fleet of low-floor vehicles in the Turkish city of Eskişehir over two years of operation. An interesting fact is that modern Škoda Transportation vehicles are equipped with powerful traction batteries for driving on routes without overhead lines.
The order for Eskişehir is one of a number of successful export deliveries of trams, which go to a number of countries around the world from the Plzeň-based company - from Germany and Italy, through Slovakia and Hungary to Turkey, for example. As elsewhere, in the case of the Turkish city Škoda service is also part of customer service. "Our trams in Eskişehir reached 2 million travelled kilometers in just two years of their operation in October this year, and thanks to the reliable service, the transport company is very satisfied with the vehicles. Warranty services are provided by a permanent service group of our specialists in Eskişehir, who work with colleagues from the local transport company," says Škoda Transportation Service Manager Matěj Mottl.
ForCity Classic Eskişehir are 100% low-floor trams, which enable quick boarding and alighting of passengers and guarantee barrier-free access. The vehicles have non-swivel bogies for a gauge of 1000 mm. The advantages of the vehicles include high capacity and a balanced placement of entrance doors along the entire length of the vehicles. The five-section, uni-directional tram with a length of 30 m can accommodate more than 270 passengers.
Specifically the Turkish market is very interesting to Škoda Transportation. "In another local city, Konya, the Plzeň-based company has been carrying passengers in fully low-floor Škoda ForCity Classic trams since 2015," adds Director of Škoda Transportation Service, Radek Elhota. Škoda Transportation delivered sixty modern low-floor trams to Konya, as well as twelve battery-powered trams.
"In addition, last week our owner PPF Group completed the acquisition of a 50% stake in Turkish vehicle manufacturer Temsa. We are currently actively developing a significant synergy with our sister company. We are preparing a comprehensive business and product strategy for our mutual cooperation in individual markets. This is an opportunity for further development of our modern, ecological products," adds Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of the Škoda Transportation group, Petr Brzezina.
"It is also thanks to battery-powered trams that the name of our company is increasingly positively mentioned among Turkish transport companies; the Turkish rolling stock market is the subject of our long-term business," says Radek Elhota. The trolley-free tram project prepared by the city of Konya on the Alaaddin-Soud line also won an award at an international forum: e.g. in the public transport project competition at the Summit of the International Association of Transportation Companies.