An energy-saving metro train is to be developed by PESA, after the company won a PLN24m (EUR5.5m) research grant from the National Centre for Research & Development in a compeition designed to encourage innovative design with potential for export.
“Our team of designers and builders will use the experience collected in the last years to develop the metro project, which will be an innovative and safe vehicle built with modern, lightweight materials and new-generation systems.” explained Arkadiusz Sobkowiak, PESA Director of Research and Development.
PESA President Tomasz Żaboklicki added: “With the support of the NCBR, PESA will have a portfolio of all types of rail vehicle. So far we have produced electric and diesel multiple units, locomotives and trams, now we gain the opportunity to refine a metro project, which will significantly strengthen our competitiveness in the market.”
PESA will also have the opportunity to present its prototype to the Polish market. Recently, Metro Warszawskie announced its intention to tender later in 2016 for new rolling stock to cater for expansion of its second metro line, which opened in March 2015.
The tender will consist of between 20 and 60 vehicles, dependent on proposed plans to sell the existing Russian rolling stock (22 cars), delivered in 1990 and many of which remain in unmodernised form.