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10 July
Dmitry Medvedev heaps praise on the R1 Tram

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has highly praised the 71-410 model of the innovative low-floor tram R1, which was showcased by Uralvagonzavod Corporation at the recently held international industrial trade fair INNOPROM 2014. 

During the trade fair, an agreement on cooperation in the field of urban electric transport was signed in the presence of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at Uralvagonzavod Corporation's exhibition booth. Parties to the agreement were the Government of Sverdlovsk Region, the Ekaterinburg City Administration, scientific production corporation Uralvagonzavod and Gazprombank.

Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, also inspected this latest innovation from Uralvagonzavod. He went inside the tram and sat at the driver cabin. The minister recommended that this tram should enter the international market.

Answering the question on the unusual space-like appearance of the tram, Alexei Maslov, who was in charge of the tram design at OKB ATOM, disclosed that he was primarily focused on creating a present-day design. "The body is made of crystal – a precious stone in a metal frame. Stone was used because it reflects the city where the tram is used. Therefore, the tram is perfectly integrated into any landscape – be it a forest, industrial area, or some modern constructions. Moreover, the reverse tilt of the driver cabin is not just a design solution. First, there is no need to make the tram super-streamlined because it is not a Japanese high-speed train. The average speed of the tram in an urban area is 24 km/h, and it can have negative aerodynamics. Secondly, such a driver cab design increased visibility by 30%, thus enabling the driver to see people at the side and in the front better. This greatly reduces the likelihood of an accident where someone can fall under the tram. We solved not only the problem of leadership in the Russian market. We're talking about bringing Uralvagonzavod Corporation in general and Uraltransmash into the international markets. It could be Eastern Europe or South America. This tram can safely ride in Melbourne. We are competing with such world leaders as Alstom (France) and Bombardier (Canada). We focused on their latest designs. Without false modesty, I think we are at least competitors and we have long conquered the Russian market”, –Alexei Maslov stated.

The R1 tram described as an 'iPhone on rails', meets the highest technical standards of the present time. It is more ergonomic, more modern and more economical than its western counterparts. The tram is a shuttle car. The body is made of composite materials and has a modular design, which makes it possible to install a unique driver cabin for each city. The tram can carry from 190 to 270 passengers depending on the particular configuration.

Minister Denis Manturov signed the agreement document on behalf of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. Signing the document were also the Governor of Sverdlovsk Region Yevgeny Kuyvashev, the head of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives Andrey Nikitin, and the CEO of Uralvagonzavod Corporation, Oleg Sienko.

Photos provided by ITAR-TASS news agency.