Tong Hao Railway Vehicles Corp. (THRV) is the JV company established in China by Inekon Group (17%), China Railway Signal and Communication Corp. (66 %) and Xiangtan Electric Manufacturing Group Corp. (17%). THRV has a registered capital of nearly 1.1 billion crowns (40 mil. €) and its business activity will be the production and sale of low-floor trams Superior Plus manufactured according to technical documentation done by Inekon Group.
In September this year, THRV will attend the first tender for supply 25 trams Superior Plus.
The first step of Inekon Group in a newly created company THRV will be the adjustment of the prototype tram Superior Plus for Chinese market. The Czech company will supervise of overall production in the subsequent series. Currently Inekon Group also prepares complete documentation for the construction of new production plant with a capacity of up to 500 units of trams per year. Inekon expects sales of up to 27.5 billion crowns at an average cost of one tramway set almost 55 million crowns (2 mil. €).
Superior Plus tram is 34 meters long, completely low-floor and have pivoted bogies that are very friendly to the rail tracks. They are also equipped with the innovative on board energy storage system and thus they are partially independent of the overhead line. The Chinese version is also bi-directional. Driver’s cab is therefore at each end of the vehicle and passenger doors are placed on both sides.