Škoda Transportation introduced a mock-up of a new tram, with which it succeded in Germany
The Škoda Transportation Group presented a mock-up tram for Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr (rnv) at a festive event in Mannheim. At least 80 trams from Škoda will be operated on routes between Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg in the coming years.
A mock-up tram is a life-size, multi-section model that is 16.5 meters long and weighs more than ten tons. This model is made in the final design, and the interior also includes original parts - such as seats, handles, doors, buttons, displays and touch controls. It also includes a driver's cabin, which is inspired by our ForCity Smart Jokeri model that will be used in Helsinki. The mock-up was made using plywood, Plexiglas and fiberglass.
"At a festive event, we introduced a ForCity Smart mock-up tram for our important German customer. Thanks to this unique model we can show the exterior design and interior of the vehicles not only to the transport company, but also to the public. We look forward to the public's response, which we will evaluate together with rnv; it will definitely influence the final design before we produce the trams. The contract for rnv is one of our main priorities; it is the largest export tram contract in our history," says Petr Brzezina, Chairman and CEO of Škoda Transportation Group.
The trams will be operated in three federal states of Germany, namely Baden-Württemberg, Hessen and Rhineland-Palatinate. The tender for the trams was announced in March 2017. Important world rail vehicle manufacturers participated in the tender. The first trams will be put into operation at the beginning of 2021. The contract also includes an option for 34 additional vehicles. The total value of the delivery including options will reach almost 10 billion CZK.
"The trams for the Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr transport company are based on the ForCity Smart vehicle family. More than 100 of these modern vehicles are in operation in Helsinki, and they will soon also be seen in the Finnish city Tampere. We are hoping for further contracts where we can apply modern technical solutions for the ForCity Smart family. The new contract for up to 40 trams for Ostrava is confirmation of this modular strategy. This is a proven and technically sophisticated product," adds Zdeněk Majer, Vice President of Škoda Transportation Group and Chairman of Transtech Oy.
Škoda Transportation will deliver three tram lengths of the same technical design - three-section, four-section and six-section. The company will manufacture about thirty-one 30-meter trams, thirty-seven 40-meter trams and twelve 6-meter trams, which will be the longest in the world. These are bi-directional, low-floor trams with a swivel chassis and a 1000 mm gauge. The vehicles will be equipped with state-of-the-art information systems, cameras and many other innovations. The maximum operating speed of the vehicles will be 80 km/h. The trams will also offer barrier-free access for wheelchair users and baby prams.