First Škoda ForCity Smart tram heads to Germany
In 2019, the Škoda Group won the tender for the supply of trams for a public transport company in Bonn. In total, the company will supply 26 modern railcars on the ForCity Smart platform to the German city. An important element of the agreement is the exclusivity for the supply of spare parts for 25 years. As part of the agreement, the client can exercise an option to purchase up to twelve additional railcars. Thus, the total value of the contract could reach almost 168 million euros, informs Railway Supply referring Kurier Kolejowy.
Trams for Bonn are modern double-sided three-section 100% low-floor cars with torsion bar bogies. Comfortable operation is possible thanks to the full coupling of the wagons, which, for example, ensures reliable driving performance even in adverse weather conditions. Carriers appreciate the low operating costs of the product on the Škoda ForCity Smart platform. The interior of the cars is designed in the style of the future tram transport.
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Passengers can look forward to comfortable, spacious carriages adapted for the transport of people with disabilities, with two large multifunctional compartments in the cabin, for example, for wheelchairs, strollers or bicycles. New trams have a clear information system with screens and panels. The trams are equipped with a video surveillance system that will help ensure traffic safety and prevent acts of vandalism. The tram is 30 meters long and can accommodate 180 passengers.
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