CZ Loko delivers EffiShunter locomotives to Skoda Auto

Czech car manufacturer Škoda Auto has received two new “EffiShunter 500” locomotives from CZ Loko. The contract for the locomotives also includes provision of comprehensive vehicle maintenance for ten years. The EffiShunter 500 four-axle locomotives are primarily designed for shunting service and belong to the latest generation of shunting locomotives from the EffiShunter family. The locomotives for Škoda Auto are driven by a CAT C18 diesel engine with a power of 563 kW, meeting Stage IIIB emission requirements, and are equipped with semi-automatic couplers. The manufacturing of both locomotives took place at CZ Loko’s production plant in Jihlava. Both locomotives will be used at Škoda Auto’s production plant in Mladá Boleslav for arranging whole trains with new cars.

“Our goal in this project was not only to deliver vehicles, but to provide the client with a comprehensive long-term “turnkey” service. This project confirms the long-term trend where the customer prefers to purchase locomotives including regular maintenance, breakdown service and other services related to the operation of vehicles. The biggest advantage for the customers is that they are not responsible for the reliability of the vehicles. The reliability is provided by us for 10 years and, in the event of a problem, we guarantee a reaction time of 1 hour. Due to such challenging project conditions, we also decided to open a separate service centre right on the premises of Škoda-Auto, where we will take care of both vehicles,” said Jan Kutálek, Sales Director of CZ Loko.

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