The new low-floor tramway developed on the basis of the Citadis platform by TramRus, Alstom and Transmashholding (TMH) joint venture, was released for the tram service 17, connecting Medvedkovo with VDNKh. This is how the tramway entered the trial commercial operation with passengers on the Moscow tram network.
Recently, this new joint product of Alstom and TMH has received a certificate of conformity under the Road Certification Scheme. During the tests organized from December 2013 to June 2014 the tram ran more than 2,000 km. The machine is well proven in the harsh winter conditions, and in conditions of summer heat.
Modern engineering solutions applied in the tram, such new low-floor bogies, modular design etc. allow reduced maintenance and repair costs, reduction of the energy consumption by more than 10%. Besides, thanks to these solutions, the life of the tram is increased up to 30 years. The length of a tram (25.5 meters) provides a seating capacity at full load up to 255 people, which is almost twice the maximum capacity of the existing Moscow trams. 100% low floor ensures an easy access for people with limited mobility: people with children, the elderly as well as disabled people. The tram is capable of speeds up to 75 km / h, making an excellent alternative to private cars.