Škoda to supply traction motors for Melbourne’s new trams

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Škoda Group was awarded a contract to deliver up to 1,120 tram traction motors for Melbourne’s new fleet manufactured by Alstom. The contract, which is Skoda’s first ever delivery to Australia, includes an option for 720 motors.

Between next year and November 2028, 400 traction motors for 100 trams will be delivered to Melbourne. The whole contract is worth more than EUR 13 million.

“Many vehicles around the world are running thanks to our traction drives. And I’m thrilled that we can bring our premium motors to Australia for the first time and contribute to the further development of one of the world’s largest tram networks, which is located exactly in Melbourne,” Petr Novotný, President Components & Bus Mobility at Škoda Group said.

The tram traction motors for Melbourne are based on the successful Škoda FCX range of motors. This longitudinally mounted motor with an output of 105 kW and a weight of 360 kg drives the tram axle via a two-speed gearbox.

Škoda traction drives have been widely recognised and more than 50,000 have been fitted around the world. Characterised by their compact design, optimised performance and exceptional mechanical, electrical and thermal properties, these drives represent the peak of current research and development. Each part is carefully tested during production to ensure the highest quality and long service life. Škoda’s extensive traction drive portfolio adapts to the specific design requirements of each vehicle, providing tailor-made solutions for a wide range of vehicles.

In April 2022, Alstom won a EUR 700 million contract to deliver Melbourne 100 Flexity 2 Next Generation Trams (NGTs) including a 15-year maintenance agreement.

The new trams which combine 100 per cent low-floor technology with conventional bogies, will enable gradual retirement of the existing high-floor trams operating Melbourne tramway system. They will facilitate the access for passengers with reduced mobility and deliver increased capacity and comfort for passengers.

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