Skoda Transportation has won a tender to deliver trams to the the German City of Chemnitz transport authority. The trams are 14 modern vehicles of the ForCity range. The contract is worth approximately €36 million.
The ForCity Classic trams are 100% low-floor for easy access. They feature a stainless steel case, an axle-support chassis and gearless drive. They will be manufactured at Pilsen Head. The first tramcar will be delivered in the summer of 2018 to take part in a trial operation. The remainder of the fleet will be delivered by the summer of 2019.
Skoda has also contracted with German operator Deutsche Bahn Regio for six trainsets, which will be presented at Innotrans in Berlin this year, and will also deliver 39 single-deck electric units to Nuremberg, though this is pending review. Skoda’s business in Germany is successful enough that last year they founded a subsidiary company, Skoda Transportation Deutschland GmbH, in Munich.
Tomas Ignacak, Chairman of the Skoda Transportation Board of Directors, said:
“The passengers were travelling in our ForCity Alfa tram during the in a unique trial rides in Chemnitz, 2012. Within the customer’s survey, the then operation has been evaluated as being very successful. We would like to acknowledge the results of many years of work of our businessmen, technicians, designers and other experts.”
Zdenek Majer, vice president of Skoda Transportation, said:
“The Chemnitz transport authority has shown a great confidence in the Skoda Transportation products which we regard as an enormous success and also commitment. After the contract for trains for the Deutsche Bahn and after the successful tender for the National Express (S-Bahn Nuremberg), it is the first Skoda Transportation contract for trams in Germany.
“This success proves that our ForCity trams can compete successfully against the world’s biggest manufacturers in one of the most demanding markets; therefore, they can successfully serve in Western European cities’ public transport. This also confirms our long-standing strategy to consolidate the position of the company in West Europe.”
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