Half of the cost of the €35m order is being met by the German federal government through the Municipal Transport Financing Act (GVFG).

Assembly will be carried out at Škoda's plant in Plzen, Czech Republic, with deliveries scheduled for 2018-19.

Each 33m-long 2.65m-wide five-section LRV will accommodate 192 passengers, 62 of them seated, and the trams will be the first in Chemnitz to be equipped with passenger Wi-Fi.

The 600V dc bidirectional vehicles will supersede CVAG's fleet of 10 Tatra T3D-M high-floor trams, which date from 1988 and are now in urgent need of replacement.

CVAG tested a ForCity 15T vehicle from Prague in 2012