Photo: Alexander Utkin
Uralvagonzavod, an affiliate of the Rostec State Corporation, demonstrated new trams of 71-412 and 71-415 models at the Innoprom-2018 fair in Yekaterinburg. The models are distinguished by modern design, new style and improved specifications, and they are fully ready for commercial production.
The 71-415 model is a four-axle car with a maximum capacity of 190 people. The main feature of the model is the new bogie design that allows to build absolutely low-floor cars that can still be used in the modern tram infrastructure of Russian cities, and does not require any redesign of tram stop shelters and roadways.
"I believe that these vehicles will be to the liking of both the operators and the passengers. Another important advantage is that they are approximately 1/3 cheaper than their foreign counterparts," stated Oleg Yevtushenko, Executive Director of the Rostec State Corporation.
Another exhibit, the 71-412 model, is a result of in-depth modernisation of the existing rolling stock made in the Czech Republic already operated in Russia.
"Last year, Uralvagonzavod and our Czech partner, Pragoimex, signed a memorandum of transfer of technical documentation for upgrade of Tatra tram cars at the Russian-Czech economic forum in Moscow witnessed by the President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman. These cars occupy 1/3 of the Russian fleet. Nationalisation of their production in Russia grants new opportunities for development of industrial technologies in this field in our country," commented Alexander Potapov, CEO of Uralvagonzavod.
The upgraded tram can transport passengers with disabilities. For that purpose, a detachable ramp is installed in its middle section. Maximum passenger capacity – 178. Number of seats – 29.