The InnoTrans fair in Berlin sees a brand new tram unveiled by the Škoda Group

The first day of the InnoTrans event saw the Škoda 36T tram which will be used by German client Rhein Neckar Verkehr.

The brand new 30 meter vehicle will be operated by Rhein Neckar Verkehr in Mannheim in the cities of Heidelberg and Ludwigshafen and marks a unique installation as it will not only run in cities but will also operate as a tram-train on regional lines that connect the three federal republics.

Didier Pfleger, CEO of the Škoda Group, said: “The delivery of trams for the customer rnv is an important and important contract for us. I am happy that we can see here together the result of the hard work of the great team of people involved in the production of the tramway. This is the first time we are showing this new vehicle, which will be in service for decades on city and regional lines in the Rhine-Neckar region,”

“Of course, we adjust the vehicles for each customer according to the local conditions and the high demands of the passengers. It was no different with trams for rnv, for which we designed some very unique innovations. The world’s longest tram to date, with a length of almost 60 meters, is also part of the delivery,”

The introduction of the Škoda 36T tram at InnoTrans in Berlin // Credit: Škoda Group

Martin In Der Beek, CTO of rnv, said: “I cannot stress enough how important this opportunity is for our business, our customers and our shareholders. What you see behind me is the future of nvr, or at least one of the fundamental pillars of this future”,

“We are convinced that the Rhein-Neckar-Tram or RNT, as we call it, is a major step towards our vision of even better public transport. It is now extremely important that we receive the first vehicles as soon as possible and that the homologation process is concluded quickly. In April 2023, Mannheim will host the Bundesgartenschau, the largest horticultural fair in the world, which is an extremely important event for our region. The RNT is planned to be the centerpiece of our modern and sophisticated public transport system. So, as you can see, there is some urgency to the timeline for this project.

Christopher Schreiner, Project Engineer at Škoda Group, said: “In light of current trends, we focused on long-term sustainability, passenger comfort and modern design when developing the tram. The tram is fully air-conditioned and will keep passengers comfortable up to 50 degrees Celsius. A boarding platform and all important safety and orientation functions are provided for passengers with reduced mobility.

The Škoda Group’s ForCity Smart 36T tram is a two-way low-floor tram with pivoting bogies with a length of 30.5 m with a gauge of 1000 mm and a maximum speed of 80 km/h. The tram can carry 178 people with 72 seats and features a low-floor entrance, a barrier-free area for wheelchair users and those traveling with pushchairs as well as wide double doors that allow passengers to Quickly change to stops which will bring greater transport efficiency. The trams also included the very latest information systems and cameras.

The €250 million contract will see the Škoda Group deliver 80 vehicles to Rhein Neckar Verkehr customers, comprising 31 30-meter vehicles, 37 40-meter vehicles and 12 60-meter vehicles. The contract also includes an option to extend to 34 other vehicles.

Below are the technical details of Škoda trams for Rhein Neckar Verkehr:

30m (36T) 40m (37T+37T) 60m (38T+38T)
Sections / bogies 3 / 4 4 / 6 6 / 8
Length 30,500 millimeters 40650mm 58,690mm
Lenght 2400mm
Height 3600mm
Total number of seats / fixed / foldable 72 / 72 / 0 104 / 104 / 0 156 / 144 / 12
Passenger capacity 178 244 368
Operating voltage 750 V DC
Pantographs 1 2 2
Number of side doors per side 3 4 6
Free passage to the side doors 1500mm x 2000mm
Wheelchair spaces per direction 2 2 2
Gauge 1000 millimeters
wheel diameter 680mm / 600mm
Minimum Bend Diameter (Horizontal) 15 meters
Max. runway slope 6.00%
Max. operational speed 80km/h
Traction motor output 680kW 1,020kW 1,360kW

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