The public transport company of Cottbus, Cottbusverkehr, ordered from Škoda Group 15 additional unidirectional three-unit trams under a framework contract signed in 2021 when the two companies signed a contract for the supply of 7 trams.
The new trams are 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 unidirectional three-unit trams are equipped with an information system that 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.
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 German market is a big challenge for us, one that we are facing with confidence that we have a lot to offer. In addition to the modern trams, we are currently producing for seven German cities and the push pull trains that are already operating from Munich to Nuremberg, we also have fully emission-free buses in our portfolio, which are an excellent choice for sustainable transport in the cities of the future. In addition, all our products are backed by our high-quality technology,” Mike Niebling, President of Region West at Škoda Group said.