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September 6, 2016

Škoda Transportation wins €26m order for battery-powered trams in Turkey

Škoda Transportation has secured a deal from a Turkish transport company to provide 14 battery-powered trams for the city of Eskişehir.

Škoda Transportation has secured a deal from a Turkish transport company to provide 14 battery-powered trams for the city of Eskisehir.

Valued at €26m, the new order is a follow-up to the previous delivery of 72 vehicles to the Turkish city of Konya.

Under the new deal, Škoda Transportation will manufacture 14 low-floor modern ForCity Classic trams.

Škoda Transportation board chairman Tomáš Ignacák said: “We will deliver a new, supremely comfortable tram to our Turkish customer within 19 months from signing the contract.

“The order for Eskisehir is another major export success for Škoda in recent times and confirms the superior quality of our vehicles.”

Equipped with traction batteries, the new vehicles will be able run without the overhead catenary line on a 1km stretch, which Eskisehir is planning to construct. 

"We will deliver a new tram to our Turkish customer within 19 months."

The battery drive will allow the tram to travel on routes where the electric trolley line has not been installed or in cases of upper catenary lines failure.

Škoda Transportation sales area manager Olesea Lachi said: “The more than 30m long, completely air-conditioned tram will offer space for up to 276 passengers.

"The trams have a unidirectional design and fit a gauge of 1,000mm. There will be no stairs inside the cars, and getting on and off will be through four double-doors and two single-doors.

“The vehicles have an elegant design, which will go well with the local colours of Eskisehir.”

Last year, Škoda Transportation delivered 60 low-floor trams along with another 12 trams with battery drives to Konya, Turkey.

Image: Turkish city of Eskisehir will receive 14 battery-powered trams from Škoda Transportation. Photo: courtesy of Škoda Transportation AS.

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