by Tiana May
25 Jul 2023
Suppliers Škoda Group
Kasseler Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (KVG) has ordered 22 30-metre two-way trams from Škoda for operation in Kassel, Germany.
This contract marks KVG’s largest investment to date in new vehicles. It also includes an option for an additional 18 units to be ordered in the future.
The base order for this contract is valued at 88 million EUR.
The first units are scheduled to be delivered from 2026, with production commencing at the end of 2024.
Following a series of tests, they are expected to be put into regular operation on the urban network from 2027.
“Efficient and attractive local rail transport ensures a sustainable quality of life in cities. For this we need a strong vehicle fleet. Škoda produces well-designed and reliable trams and submitted the most cost-effective bid. This contract paves the way for the gradual modernisation of our public transport system, as this is a prerequisite for revamping mobility in Kassel and the surrounding area.”
Alike to the city’s current trams, the ordered vehicles will be 30 metres long and will have four doors on each side.
The new models will be among the first vehicles from Škoda to be equipped with its advanced anti-collision system.
This system creates a virtual tunnel in front of the tram to detect all static and dynamic obstacles. If an obstacle is detected it alerts the driver and activates the emergency brake.
“Another German city will soon be using our new Škoda trams. I am glad that KVG has chosen our solution and we can start working on the new trams which will be equipped, among other things, with our anti-collision system which we presented at the InnoTrans 2022 trade fair.”
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