CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co., Ltd signed a contract with private rail operator Leo Express for three EMUs in December 2016. The contract includes an option for an additional 30 units. The total contract value lies at 5 billion CZK (190 million euros | 210 million USD).
Sirius EMU Features
Sirius is able to run at a top speed of 160km/h. It is able to operate in several European countries because it can accommodate both AC (25kV) and DC (3000V) voltages.
It is made out of light-weight aluminium. This makes it both cheaper to run and more energy-efficient, benefitting the environment.
At 600mm from the track it is low-floor, which makes it easier for passengers to board and disembark. Following customer surveys Leo Express made sure the design included more space for luggage, skis and bicycles.