Cottbusverkehr GmbH (CV), the public transport company from the city of Cottbus, Germany, which signed a contract with Škoda Group for the delivery of seven trams in 2021, has decided to use the option and has ordered 15 more modern unidirectional three-unit trams. This represents another success of the Group on the German market.
The initial contract for the delivery of new trams for the state of Brandenburg was announced together by three cities – Frankfurt (Oder), Brandenburg and Cottbus. Škoda Group succeeded in the strong European competition, managing to come up with a solution that met the requirements of all three transport companies. These were almost identical vehicles that had to be able to operate in three very different environments at the same time. This was a unique public tender.
„The use of an option in a contract is always a strong signal to us that the partnership with the customer is on a solid foundation. I am very pleased that CV has decided to purchase additional modern vehicles,“ says Mike Niebling, President of Region West at Škoda Group
The trams are modern unidirectional three-unit and 70% low-floor vehicles with two swivel and one non-swivel bogies. This will make transport in the city more accessible for its residents. Passengers can look forward to comfortable, air-conditioned, spacious and wheelchair-accessible vehicles with multifunctional interior spaces for wheelchairs, prams or bicycles, and the trams are adapted for easy boarding and disembarking. The information system in the new trams will be clear with several screens and panels. A camera system will also be part of the car’s equipment, for better driver visibility and increased traffic safety. The operator will appreciate the low operating costs of the product from the Škoda ForCity Plus platform. The new trams will replace the current high-floor trams.
Škoda Group is experiencing success with its products on the German market. In the past, for example, it has delivered trams to Chemnitz and Schöneiche, but passengers can also ride a push-pull train set on the line between Nuremberg and Munich. In addition to supplying trams to Brandenburg, the company is currently working on trams for the city of Bonn and the transport operator Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr, which provides transport in the cities of Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg.