March 05, 2014

Škoda launches catenary-free LRV

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ŠKODA Transportation announced on March 5 that it has completed testing and certification of its new Catfree catenary-free propulsion system for light rail vehicles, which has been undergoing trials at the company's facility in Plzen, Czech Republic.

The energy storage system has been fitted to a 32.5m-long 28T low-floor LRV for the Turkish city of Konya and certification has been carried out by a Notified Body and witnessed by a customer.

Škoda says the Catfree-equipped vehicle can cover a distance of up to 3km without overhead electrification at an average speed of 30km/h, operating under normal city traffic conditions.

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