This article first appeared in the Railway-News magazine, Issue 3 2022.
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Following a successful longstanding co-operation with the domestic transit company Zagreb Electric Tram, KONČAR has won an export agreement with the city of Liepaja in Latvia, delivering trams for public urban passenger transport to the Baltic coastal city. KONČAR’s wealth of experience in the development of technical solutions for 100 percent low-floor trams and low-floor electric motor and diesel-electric trains was the key capability recognised by the customer.
The co-operation with the Latvian customer commenced in November 2018, when an agreement was signed for the delivery of six low-floor trams, while the second agreement, for another batch of six trams, was signed in August 2020. It is significant to point out that 85% of the purchase value of the vehicles was co-funded by the EU as part of the Comprehensive Reconstruction of Tram Route and Adjacent Territory programme. Liepājas Tramvajs subsequently provided funds for two additional trams, and once again entrusted KONČAR with the construction and delivery of the units.
The trams boast a variety of KONČAR’s proprietary solutions for key sub-systems, such as the main electric drive, auxiliary power supply systems, control and communication systems, steel structures for driving wheel sets, bogies and the like. They are based on modern technical solutions and design; they are air-conditioned, equipped with video surveillance and a passenger announcement system. The vehicles are also equipped with a controlled hydro-pneumatic suspension system, which enables the floor height to be adjusted to the track conditions. This is a fully low-floor vehicle, without steps and with a flat floor along the entire length of the passenger compartment, which is particularly important for public transport users with mobility difficulties and parents with strollers.
KONČAR Group brings the latest high-tech rail solutions to InnoTrans, including the flagship TMK 2300 LT low-floor electric tram.
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