Modertrans offered a price of Zlotys 176.2m ($US 48.5m) for the contract based on a 27% low-floor variant of its Moderus Beta vehicle. Rival Pesa submitted a Zlotys 324.4m bid based on its Twist LRV.

The tendering process prioritised price, which accounted for up to 80% of the score in the bid evaluation. By contrast, the proportion of low-floor accounted for just 15% and suppliers were only required to offer a 20% low-floor vehicle.

The contract will be signed following a 40-day standstill period. The tender stipulates that delivery of the 600V dc three-section vehicles must take place between December 2018 and November 2019.

The modernisation of Wroclaw’s tram fleet is being funded with the aid of a Zlotys 159m grant from the European Union Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment 2014-20.

MPK Wroclaw has already ordered 16 Moderus Beta LRVs from Modertrans and delivery of these vehicles is due to be completed by the end of this year.

The operator is also planning to order 32 100% low-floor LRVs for delivery in 2020-2022.

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