The contract provides for the delivery of a total of 25 five-car units.
Today, the Polish carrier Koleje Dolnośląskie officially put into service the first of 25 type 48WEc Pesa Elf II five-car units ordered. This is part of a major modernization of Lower Silesian railways.
The carrier announced the start of operations over a week ahead of the original plan on its website and social media. The first unit was deployed on the Wrocław Główny – Jelcz-Laskowice line today.
The carrier plans to deploy the units on other lines, for example to Legnica or Szklarska Poreba Gorna. For the most part, they should be deployed in the vicinity of Wroclaw. The units are put into operation at a time when the carrier is struggling with Newag Impuls unit shortages.
Koleje Dolnoslaskie initially announced the purchase of five units and later ordered a further 20 units, all of which are to be delivered by 2024. A European subsidy will cover 64% of the cost of the first five units. The total contract value is PLN 726 million, with one unit costing PLN 29 million. The Koleje Dolnoslaskie fleet will thus grow to a total of 88 units, 65% of which will be in electric traction.
Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková.