Rail News

Skoda to Supply 31 Electric Trains to Czech Railways

Czech train manufacturer Skoda Transportation and consortium partner Skoda Vagonka, have signed a framework agreement with Czech Railways for the supply of up to fifty electric trains. Czech Railways then immediately placed an order for 31 units.

Skoda RegioPanter for Czech Railways
Skoda RegioPanter for Czech Railways © Skoda Transportation

The framework agreement between Skoda and Czech Railways relates to Skoda’s single-decker RegioPanter electric trains. The parties also signed an order for 31 electric trains worth 3.6 billion Czech korunas. This is equivalent to 160 million USD / 140 million euros. The framework agreement’s runtime is eight years from signing. If Czech Railways orders all 50 units, the agreement could be worth up to 6 billion CZK. In USD / euros respectively: 260 million / 230 million.

Skoda says it will deliver the first four RegioPanter trains within 25 months.

Miroslav Kupec, Chairman of the Board and CEO of České dráhy (Czech Railways), said:

“We announced the competition for the framework delivery of up to 50 modern electric units last year so that we could offer individual regions further renewal of their vehicle fleet as quickly as possible. This is based on contracts for the provision of transport services from December 2019, which we are gradually concluding with regions.

“We currently have new contracts for transport service, meaning work for 31 new trains. We commissioned their production as soon as the framework agreement was signed. As a result, we will deploy the first units from the contract in 25 months, namely in the spring of 2021. If we were to have a competition for new trains after all the service contracts are concluded, the first units would be deployed approximately one year later.“

Skoda RegioPanter interior visualisation - seats
Skoda RegioPanter interior visualisation © Skoda Transportation

Skoda RegioPanter Electric Trains – also known as the 7Ev

The Skoda consortium offered Czech Railways modern vehicles with a capacity of 140 (seated). The electric trains are able to run on 3kV DC and 25kV AC systems. They will have a top speed of 160km/h.

Related Post:  Inauguration for Alstom Citadis X05 Tram for Caen la Mer

The RegioPanter cars will have low floors to accommodate passengers with reduced mobility and those travelling with bicycles and pushchairs. Consequently they also feature multi-functional spaces where passengers can store bikes and prams.

Martin Bednarz, Chairman of the Board of Škoda Vagonka and Vice President Project Manager of Škoda Transportation, said:

“In contrast to the original RegioPanter units, the new trains have a number of technical changes that are associated with the application of new standards and innovative interior design solutions. The units are also equipped with a modern information system, Wi-Fi, a CCTV system, an automatic train control system and ETCS system.”

The Chairman of the Board and President of Skoda Transportation Group Petr Brzezina also said these new, modern RegioPanter trains would operate in most regions of the Czech Republic. For example, passengers in Pilsen, Carlsbad, South Bohemia and the Vysocina region would travel on these comfortable regional trains. He said:

“A substantial amount of the units will be delivered in 2021.”

Skoda Transportation developed the first Skoda RegioPanter in 2011 at the behest of Czech Railways. The standard-gauge multiple units exist in tw0-car, three-car and five-car configurations.

Related Post:  Industry Insider Week 24 – 7 Must-Read Rail Stories

Read more news from Skoda Transportation:

Skoda RegioPanter interior visualisation - bike storage
Skoda RegioPanter interior visualisation – bike and push chair spaces © Skoda Transportation
13 Aug 2019
Northern Takes First Pacer Train Out of Service
08 Aug 2019
RegioJet Adds Budapest to Its Destinations
06 Aug 2019
Industry Insider Week 31 – 12 Must-Read Rail Stories
17 Jul 2019
Czech Republic: RegioJet Announces Increase in Passengers
09 Jul 2019
Nomad-Alstom Consortium Win Multi Million-Pound On-Board Passenger WiFi Contract
26 Jun 2019
New CAF Trains for Northern to Enter Service on 1 July
18 Jun 2019
Nomad Digital Secures Next Generation WiFi Services Contract in California
17 Jun 2019
London: CAF to Supply 43 Metro Trains for DLR
Subscribe
Subscribe to Railway-News
Get the latest contract alerts and Railway News emailed directly to your inbox.

We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriously.

Please tick to confirm you would like to receive emails we think may be of interest to you. We sometimes tailor the content you see to what we think you'll find interesting, and so monitor your interaction with our website and email content (find out more).