The European Investment Bank is under evaluation process to provide a EUR 22 million loan for train acquisition project in Hungary.
MÁV-Start project consist of acquisition of 25 EMUs for replacement of the rolling stock currently used in suburban and regional passenger railway services. EUR 157 million is the cost of the project.
For MÁV rolling stock renewal programme, recently, Stadler rolled-out the first Kiss train which entered tests in Germany and the Czech Republic. Together with other 10 additional trainsets, the vehicle will enter operation starting 2020 on the suburban railway lines of the capital Budapest to Vác and Cegléd.
The ETCS-equipped trains are part of a contract awarded in 2017 for the supply of up to 40 units, which can be exercised in the form of different delivery contracts in the following 8 years. MÁV has ordered altogether 19 units from the available 40 trains.
The 155.88 meter-long, 2.8 meter-wide and 4.6-meter-high multiple units will consist of six coaches. The train has 600 seats, that is 50% more passengers compared to a single-deck unit with the same length.
They are designed to run at a top speed of 160 km/h.