Motor Unit Regionova
Except for increasing of travelling comfort the main contribution is also reduction of operation and maintenance costs.
Modernized units have lower fuel consumption, relay is not necessary at the end station. Diesel engine with higher efficiency enables better acceleration which results in shortening of the running time.
A prototype of the motor, partial low-floor unit 814-914, which bears a trade name “Regionova”, was first introduced at Brno International Engineering Fair in 2005. The unit was awarded the Gold medal of the Fair and at the same time the Price of Technical Magazine.
The motor unit consists of the motor and control vehicle, which are permanently connected with near faces when performing. It is actually modernization of original vehicles, which were produced in Vagonka Studenka from 1973 to 1983, specifically motor vehicle 810 and a connecting vehicle 010 from possession of ČD (Czech Railways). This way is an efficient solution to the ČD rolling stock renewal for a disproportionately lower price than a purchase of a comparable new car is. At the same time a space for adding new vehicles in rolling stock is created. Regionova motor unit offers to the travelling public a quality, which responds to current conditions. Attractive vehicles design and overall interior decor are increasing travelling comfort. To increasing of travelling comfort on regional railways the following improvements contribute: a possibility of large luggage transportation, adaptation of the low-floor part of the control vehicle for passengers with lower movability and also a simplification of blind passengers’ transportation by acoustic flashlights and opening door by VPN remote control for the blind. On the other side, Regionova also improves conditions for operating staff. It is not only controlling traction (electronic controlling system, multi-element controlling, automatic speed regulation), but also the environment, because the driver’s bay is completely modernized. From the passenger prospective there are some improvements mainly in operation economy, e.g. decrease in fuel and lubricants consumption, maintenance costs cut, one-person manipulation with train set and relieving of operation at the stations. Vehicle traction features and performance were improved significantly. All this modernization is focused on the Czech producers and suppliers, which guarantees reasonable costs as well as a better availability of components used.