Koncar Presents First Tram for Latvia as Part of €18 mn Project

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ZAGREB, November 9. 2020 – Croatia’s Koncar Electric Vehicles company on Monday presented the first of the 12 low-floor trams for the city of Liepaja in Latvia, and the value of the two contracts for those trams is about €18 million.

Co-operation started in November 2018, when the first contract for the delivery of six low-floor trams was signed, while the second contract, for six more trams, was signed in August 2020. Eigthy-five percent of the procurement is financed by EU funds.

The President of the Managing Board of Koncar Electric Vehicles, Josip Ninic, said that in addition to Koncar Group companies other entrepreneurs from Croatia also participated in the project.

Despite the difficult epidemiological conditions, including suppliers, especially those outside Croatia, being late, the tram was finished on time, Ninic said.

“These contracts are the confirmation of our focus on export, as well as of our competitiveness and quality,” he stressed.

The sixth tram, the last one from the first contract, will be delivered in May 2021, while the trams from the second contract will be delivered from October 2021 to April 2022.

Ivan Bahun, Deputy President of the Managing Board and President of the Supervisory Board, said that Koncar had earlier successfully produced and delivered 142 low-floor trams for the City of Zagreb, a project that had been entrusted to Koncar as the leader of the Crotram consortium following an international tender.

Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic said that 60 low-floor trams that had been promised to Zagreb citizens had not yet been done. He expects they could be produced in the next four years.

He said that he was proud that the tram would be sent to Latvia, which is the first time Koncar’s tram was going outside Croatia.


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