Olgierd Geblewicz, the Marshal of West Pomeranian Voivodeship, Tomasz Sobieraj, the Deputy Marshal of the voivodeship and Zbigniew Konieczek, the president of Newag have signed a contract for the supply of two Impuls 2 hybrid electric and diesel trains.
The contract includes an option for 10 additional Impuls 2 type 36Weh multiple units for ragional transport services.
Through this agreement, Western Pomerania is the first region in Poland to put into commercial operation hybrid trains.
The estimated value of the order is PLN 240 million (EUR 54.57 million), including the value of the basic order PLN 40 million (EUR 9 million). PLN 200 million (EUR 45.48 million) is the value of the optional order.
The Impuls 2 hybrid train is the first Polish rail vehicle which, apart from electric engines, also has diesel engines, which allows it to travel on non-electrified railway routes. Combining innovative technologies in the new train has resulted in a much wider range of the vehicle application by train operators.
The hybrid multiple unit has a capacity of 330 passengers including 160 seats. Additionally, the multiple unit is equipped with a passenger counting system and interior monitoring. The interior of Impuls 2 type 36WEh is adapted to the needs of passengers with reduced mobility, which enables them to travel comfortably and safely. The vehicle also has WiFi, air-conditioning, electric sockets, USB ports and an application which displays the train’s route.
Starting 2013 until 2018, the West Pomeranian region has expanded its train fleet by 40 trains of the Impuls family, of which 22 Impuls type 31 WE and 18 Impuls 45WE. By these procurements, the region has the most developed and new rolling stock fleet for passenger transport.
The Impuls EMUs are low-floor and open coach vehicles equipped with a full interior monitoring system, air-conditioning, modern passenger information system and, as requested, with ticket dispensers and ticket punchers. Their interior was adjusted to the needs of passengers with impaired mobility, featuring ramps, folded steps, lifts, broad aisles and a designated space for wheelchairs and bicycles.