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RegioPanter Single-Deck Electric Unit

RegioPanter is a single-deck electrical multiple unit manufactured by Czech rolling stock producer Škoda Transportation, a subsidiary of investment company PPF Group.

Project Type

Single-deck electrical multiple unit

Manufacturer

Škoda Transportation

Track Gauge

1,435mm

Maximum Speed

160km/h

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RegioPanter is a single-deck electrical multiple unit manufactured by Czech rolling stock producer Škoda Transportation, a subsidiary of investment company PPF Group.

Multiple models of the RegioPanter electric unit, which is designated Škoda 7Ev, have been produced since 2011, ranging from two-car units to five-car units. The two and three-car configurations are operational in a number of regions in the Czech Republic.

Škoda Transportation will build new, significantly improved and technologically upgraded RegioPanter trains that are planned to be inducted into Czech railway operator České dráhy’s fleet in 2023 and 2024.

The new trains are expected to help in modernising the rolling stock of the railway network in the country in the coming years. The new fleet will be used to serve commuters mainly in the Olomouc, Moravia-Silesian, and South Bohemian regions.

Operations of RegioPanter trains

České dráhy runs the RegioPanter units as regional (Os) or regional fast (Sp) trains to connect to villages and towns.

The Os trains stop at all stations, while the Sp trains only stop at more important stations. The three-carriage RegioPanter units operate on major electrified tracks in the Ústí Area, as well as Hradec Králové, Pardubice, and Olomouc regions.

The two-carriage formations run in the Southern Moravia and Moravia-Silesia regions.

RegioPanter single-deck electric trains design and features

Equipped with comfortable luxury seats, air-conditioning, and Wi-Fi access, the RegioPanter trains are designed to operate on regional and suburban routes.

The trains feature wide entrance doors, while the internal layout offers a continuous flow without internal doors for better movement of passengers. The design provides enough space for people with limited mobility, strollers, or bicycles.

The electrical units are fitted with ergonomic seats and 1.5m-wide double-leaf entrance doors. An automatic train control system enables controlling of up to four coupled units.

The trains are designed as a single-system to operate on a 3kV DC system or a dual-system for 3kV DC and 25kV 50Hz power supply voltage.

The vehicles can operate on a track gauge of 1,435mm and feature a driving bogie with two asynchronous motors and a common bogie. The maximum speed of the vehicle is 160km/h for both three and two-car train types. The length of the two-car unit is 52.9m and that of the three-car unit is 79.4m. The width and height of the two-car and three-car units are 2.82m and 4.26m respectively.

Improvements to the latest RegioPanter units

The modernisation of the RegioPanter units is intended to enhance passenger comfort. The new low-floor trains will be fitted with more modern interior and latest technology features when compared to the previous RegioPanter units. New features will include a modern information system and the latest European Train Control System (ETCS) with an automatic train safety system.

The low-floor design will ensure improved boarding for persons with mobility constraints, senior citizens, and passengers with wheelchair requirements, as well as bikers, and caretakers.

Seating capacity and other amenities onboard the electrical units

Each two-car single-deck RegioPanter electric unit has 147 seats with a capacity to accommodate 317 passengers. The three-car single-deck electric units, on the other hand, are equipped with 241 seats with a maximum capacity of 497 passengers.

Amenities include wheelchair access and retractable footrests. The cars also have 230V electrical sockets for passengers to charge mobile phones and other gadgets.

Orders and deliveries

České dráhy placed an order for 19 two-car and three-car trains, including 15 three-car and four two-car units, in 2011. Another contract worth CZK943m ($46,71m) was signed with Škoda Vagonka, a subsidiary of Škoda Transportation, for the delivery of seven regional transport units for operation in the South Moravian region. The first two-car unit under the contract entered service on the S2 Křenovice – Brno-Letovice line in June 2014.

In March 2018, Škoda and ŽOS Trnava received a contract worth up to €160m ($197.11m) to deliver up to 25 RegioPanter single-deck electrical units to Slovak Railways (ZSSK).

The contract includes the supply of two variants, an 80m-long variant with a capacity of 247 seats, and a 106m-long, 343-seat version.

In March 2019, the consortium of Škoda Transportation and Škoda Vagonka reached a framework deal with České dráhy to provide 50 single-decker electrical multiple units.

Additionally, a purchase contract for the delivery of 31 electric units for CZK3.6bn ($157m) was signed. The first units are expected to be deployed in 2021.

Škoda signed two framework contracts with České dráhy to supply 50 two-car and 29 three-car RegioPanter trains.

České dráhy already operates 12 RegioPanter 440 series three-car trains and eight 640 series three-car trains, 17 650 series two-car trains, and 14 long-distance InterPanter 660 and 661 series trains.

Contractors involved

Schaltbau RAWAG manufactured and provided 1,030 side windows for 23 RegioPanter and InterPanter single-deck electric trains. The majority of the windows were hopper windows made of extruded aluminium.

Hajdik was appointed to paint the electrical equipment compartments of the RegioPanter vehicles.

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