In April 2016, České dráhy (ČD) issued a tender for leasing multi-system electrics, without success. On December 17, a second attempt was made, again for 10 electrics, again without result. On 21.02.2017, ČD has released a third tender for the lease of ten electrics.
Compared to the second tender, the number of locomotives and their specification did not change, nor did the contract value:
- 10 electric locomotives
- for speeds up to 200 km/h
- for period of 120 months
- including regular maintenance
- contract volume: 48 million euro
- deadline: 27.03.2017
Railcolor: ČD is in need of faster locomotives than it currently has, to be used on the relation Prague – Hamburg for example. ČD does own multi-system electrics, but none have a topspeed of 200 km/u. The ČD 380 series electrics technically meet the requirement, but the German authorities do not allow them to run at speeds of 200 km/h.