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PKP Intercity's Hybrid Trains Promise Faster, Greener Journeys

PKP Intercity's Hybrid Trains Promise Faster, Greener Journeys
photo: PKP Intercity / Public domain/PKP Intercity
03 / 04 / 2024

PKP Intercity has taken a significant step towards modernizing its fleet with the opening of bids for the purchase of 35 new hybrid multiple units, marking a pioneering move in the company's history towards embracing dual-powered vehicles.

This strategic bid, submitted exclusively by Newag S.A., amounts to a gross figure of approximately EUR 783,4 million, closely aligning with the carrier's budget of EUR 784 million allocated for this project. "We are gradually implementing our rolling stock strategy, under which all vehicles in our fleet will be new or modernized by 2030," commented Jaroslaw Oniszczuk, a member of the PKP Intercity management board. "The next step in its implementation is the purchase of 35 new hybrid train sets, which will be adapted to speeds of at least 160 km/h in electric traction and 120 km/h when running with diesel traction."

Designed to cater to the evolving needs of passengers, these cutting-edge hybrid units will accommodate at least 178 passengers with dedicated spaces for first-class travelers, individuals with disabilities, and bicycle storage. Beyond passenger comfort, PKP Intercity is investing in safety and environmental stewardship, with the new trainsets equipped with the ETCS safety system, onboard diagnostics, video surveillance, and a fire alarm system, alongside GPS transmitters and systems for monitoring fuel consumption and energy usage. The first unit is expected to be delivered 30 months post-contract signing.