The operation of CityElefant electrical units is usually expected until 2045.
The Central Bohemian Region and Prague agreed to order 22 new electric and 10 motor units for lines from Prague to Kralup nad Vltavou, including continuation to the Ústí Region, as well as lines S6 and S7 to Beroun, including lines S75 from Beroun via Křivoklát to Rakovník. The Central Bohemian Region announced this in a press release.
By 2024, it is planned to order up to 22 new electric three-car single-decker Škoda RegioPanter units with a capacity of 240 seats and 10 new motor two-car units Pesa RegioShark with a capacity of 120 seats from the existing carrier Czech Railways.
In the Prague – Kralupy nad Vltavou section, the new RegioPanters will be connected in pairs at peak times into a set with a total capacity of 480 seats (the existing three-car CityElefant has a capacity of 310 seats). Some of them will also replace today’s sets with older double-decker cars and locomotives on the S7 line to Beroun. They will then use them on the line from Prague to Všetat, Mělník and Mladá Boleslav. From 2023, ten new RegioShark motorbikes will run on lines from Prague via Rudná to Beroun (line S6) and subsequently via Křivoklát to Rakovník (line S75).
As for the more distant future, which is limited to 2029, when the carrier should start looking out of the competitions, Prague and the region agreed without a license fee for new large-capacity two-storey four-car electric units with a capacity of 400 seats. They would go to Beroun and Kladno, where the electrified line should lead at that time.
For non-electrified lines, customers are considering battery-powered or hydrogen-powered trains, which are no longer considered with conventional diesel propulsion. All new trains will need an ETCS. The new European security provider should also include the existing CityElefants, which are expected to operate by about 2045.