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Certification of hybrid 15Ev3 train by Škoda Group commenced

17 May 2024
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The hybrid 15Ev3 train by Škoda Group on its way to the Velim test centre
The hybrid 15Ev3 train by Škoda Group on its way to the Velim test centre. Source: VUZ
Sotnikov Kirill, Editorial Contributor
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Yashchenko Olga, Editorial Contributor to International Projects, ROLLINGSTOCK Agency

Czech Republic: The two-car catenary-battery trainset has been sent to VUZ, the Velim test centre, Czechia.

The rolling stock was produced in 2022 on the base of the single-deck 7Ev train, a traditional Škoda Group’s EMU manufactured since 2011. Powered by catenary, the train can accelerate up to 160 km/h. In battery mode, the new hybrid train can operate at a maximum speed of 120 km/h with a range of 80 km.

Last March, Škoda Group was awarded a contract for the delivery of four such BEMUs to the Czech national operator ČD to serve the Moravian-Silesian region. The trains, ordered without a tender, are to be supplied in December. According to Zdopravy, each trainset is worth CZK 152 mln (€6.1 mln), and this is CZK 35.1 mln (€1.4 mln) more than the 7Ev train’s cost. Meanwhile, ČD’s tender announced in late 2022 is underway, with Stadler among the bidders for the supply of 15 BEMUs for the same Moravian-Silesian region.

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