The final design of the Skoda 52T tram for Prague. (Skoda)
On 19 June in the Skoda factory in Plzen, Czech Republic, production started on the prototype of a new fleet of 52T trams for the capital, Praha (Prague). 
 
Sheet metal parts were welded to form the body structure of the 100% low-floor five-section 32m tram that should be delivered for testing in January 2025. Two more will follow in the first half of 2025 and a fleet of 20 should be ready to enter service by December 2025. 
 
DPP, the Praha tramway operator, has placed order (40) and options for up to 200 of these single-ended air-conditioned trams. The potential value of the contact is CZK 16.6bn. Final details of the design and the PID livery have been chosen. PID is the image for the integrated public transport system in Praha and the central Bohemian region since 2021. 
 
Each 2.5m wide tram will offer 70 seats and up to 173 standing places. Swivelling bogies at each end will facilitate operation through some of the narrow and curving streets in the city centre. The 52T is equipped with a collision avoidance system using LIDARE and HD-camera technology. Braking will be electromechanical for efficiency and sustainability, with energy recuperation. 
The final design of the Skoda 52T tram for Prague. (Skoda
The final design of the Skoda 52T tram for Prague. (Skoda) 
 
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