The Tatra-Yug company (Odesa), which produces trams at the Yuzhmash company’s facilities in Dnipro, has won a tender for supply of 17 25-meter tramcars to Craiova (Romania) at the price of EUR 1.7 million per tram.

According to the Interfax Ukraine news agency, the Durmazlar company (Turkey), the Bozankay company (Turkey), and the Pesa company (Poland) also submitted bids in the tender.

The Ukrainian manufacturer was declared the winner of the tender on July 24, but the relevant announcement was posted on the official procurement portal on July 29.

The tender was announced by the Romanian Ministry of Public Works, but the trams will be purchased under a regional program for 2014-2020.

More than 30 trams are currently registered in the Craiova tram depot, but only half of them are operational, and the city’s tram fleet is considered to be in a deplorable state.

The Ukrainian manufacturer will deliver low-floor tramcars of the new K1-T306 model to Craiova if its victory in the tender is confirmed.

According to Tatra-Yug, the first prototype of the new tram model was at the final production stage as of the end of June 2020, and its presentation is scheduled for the autumn.

The tram was designed by the company's design office and manufactured to EU standards. The passenger and driver's cabins are equipped with air conditioners. USB ports and Wi-Fi are also available.

As the CFTS reported earlier, eight trams produced by Tatra-Yug are currently in operation on passenger routes in Egyptian city of Alexandria. Tatra-Yug won a tender for supply of 15 articulated trams to Alexandria in 2017. The first tram was delivered to Egypt in early 2019.