The order is split into two sections, including 90 dual-voltage locomotives for operation on 25kV 50Hz ac and 15kV 16.7Hz ac electrification, and 25 tri-voltage locomotives suitable for operation under 25kV 50Hz ac, 15kV 16.7Hz ac and 3kV dc electrification, all with a maximum speed of at least 200km/h.

MÁV-Start says the new fleet will be used to boost international and long-distance passenger services, which requires locomotives to operate on the upgraded 160km/h lines in Hungary along with 200km/h operation in neighbouring states such as Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria and Germany.

The new fleet will replace the ageing class V431 electric locomotives, which have a maximum speed of 120km/h. The new locomotives will allow MÁV-Start to reduce journey times for both domestic and international services.

Bids must be received no later than February 17, with MÁV-Start planning to conclude the contract by the end of the year. The order will be financed by a loan. MÁV-Start expects the first locomotives to enter into service at the start of 2022.

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