The order, the largest in ZSSK’s history, comprises 13 80m-long three-car trains, which seat 247 passengers, and 12 106m-long four-car sets seating 343 passengers. The 160km/h trains feature a dual voltage (3kV dc and 25kV ac) traction system. Three of the train’s bogies are powered.
Inside, passengers will benefit from electrical outlets, air-conditioning, LED lighting, Wi-Fi, contemporary passenger information system as well as dedicated space for wheelchair passengers and storage for strollers and bicycles. Barrier-free boarding is possible on standard platform heights of 550mm.
The trains will now begin an intensive testing process ahead of entering service in summer 2020 predominately on the following lines:
- Zilina - Trencin
- Zilina - Cadca,
- Cadca - Zwardon, and
- Zilina - Liptovsky Mikulas.
Approximately €134m of the cost of the new fleet is provided by the European Union's Cohesion fund with €23m from the state budget and €1.6m from ZSSK's own resources.
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