Skoda crosses an important milestone and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the first streetcar to come out of the company’s plant in Pilsen.

Lo and behold, Skoda’s history actually has more distant roots, going back to the early twentieth century, as several streetcar models that plied the streets of many cities in the Czech Republic were made with Skoda-branded components; to be exact, these were the traction motors and systems to keep the car’s power under control.

Even after 140 years of existence, electric streetcars are still very popular worldwide, and their demand is increasing due to the trend toward green technologies. Streetcars are a highly efficient means of urban transportation over short and medium distances, both in terms of energy efficiency and the number of passengers they can carry.

Skoda streetcars are currently in service in 19 cities: Prague, Pilsen, Brno, Ostrava, Olomouc, Most (Czech Republic), Bratislava (Slovakia), Chemnitz and Schöneiche (Germany), Helsinki and Tampere (Finland), Portland and Tacoma (USA), Cagliari (Italy), Braslavia (Poland) Eskișehir, Konya (Turkey), Miskolc (Hungary), and finally Riga (Latvia).


Related articles

Here are the new 4-axle trolleybus for Sao Paolo

With the delivery of the first new-generation 4-axle trolleybus, Metra’s fleet renewal plan for the suburban trolleybus network of EMTU (Empresa Metropolitana de Trasportes Urbanos) of Sao Paulo began. The expansion plan presented in 2023 envisaged the purchase of 80 new trolleybuses equipped ...

Discovering Genoa’s new subway trains

The first of 14 trains ordered by AMT to upgrade the metro service has arrived in Genoa. The investment totalled EUR 70 million, fully financed by the Ministry of Transport. The vehicles, registered in the 41-54 series, will be put within a few months into operation on the Genoa metro line, which wi...

New two tram lines will be in service in Casablaca

In Casablanca, the tram is being expanded. Two new lines, T3 and T4, are scheduled to open in june 2024. They will integrate with the existing T1 and T2 lines and increase the length of the network by about 60%. This is quite an achievement for Morocco’s largest city with 4 million inhabitants...