14T is the five-section low-floor one-way tram, which is composed of two end sections 1 and 5, two embedded suspended  sections 2 and 4, and the middle section 3. Sections 1, 3 and 5 are placed on three identical two-axle bogies, each of which is driven by two asynchronous traction motors, which always form one motor group. Suspended sections form a low-floor part of the vehicle. The connection of sections allows passengers to pass through the car along its whole length. On the right side of the car body there are six doors, five for entry of passengers (two double-wing doors in even sections and one-wing in the end of the section 5) and one-wing ones for the driver. The length is comparable to the three-sectional tram KT8D from the 1980´s; however, unlike this tram the semicircular floor cannot alone turn in joints, but is firmly fixed to even sections.

Škoda 14T is a partially low-floor in born even sections; odd sections have a lowered floor - they are separated from the low floor part by another 25 cm high step. The driver's cab is separated from the saloon by a partition with a locked door; its floor is another step higher. The vehicle software prevents the car cornering at excessive speeds and automatically controls the speed according to the track design. The car is controlled by a lever located at the driver's left hand. It is equipped with a camera system and a pair of monitors, the driver can monitor the car both outside and inside; footage from outdoor cameras are reversed as in the rearview mirror. In addition, the car is equipped with an intercom for the connection of passengers with the driver and the information system.

Škoda 14T tram has been produced by Skoda Transportation and operated since 2006 in Prague. It is often referred to as Porsche as it has been designed by Porsche Design Group. After presenting Škoda 15 T "ForCity" in March 2008 the manufacturer began to use the trade name "Elektra" for 14T. The first two 14T cars were manufactured ​​in the fall 2005.

The first car passed the technical and safety exam in the end of November in Plzeň. At the turn of November and December testing drives were held in Plzeň (under registration number 113). Afterwards it was transferred to Prague and on 13 December 2005 it was officially handed over to the representatives of the City led by the Mayor, already with registration number 9111. From the end of January 2006 tests followed and since April the normal operation with passengers has been carried out. On 9 February 2007 the car was brought back to Škoda Transportation for the purpose of adjustment to the standard version; it returned to Prague on 23 May.

The second prototype was brought back to Prague in late 2005. It was awarded the registration number 9112. During the year 2006, tests were conducted on it in order to fine-tune the car software. It was also used for training the drivers. During the test of the traction power supply short circuit in central workshops of DP on 6 September 2006 it derailed in a curve of a test track and collided with an automobile. When repairing the car was modified to the standard version; in mid-February 2007 it set out at journey with passengers for the first time.

During the operation of 14T also problems began to appear. The strong bogie causes the need for far more sensible approaching curves; any inequality of the curve is transferred to the car that with its big axle pressure wears the rail mor quickly (the curve must only move both the rotary bogie and the whole section and in this way a far greater force leading to further wear is expended), vibrating parts under the car etc..

Problems were eliminateed on the new type 15T by returning to four swiveling bogies.

Specifications

Total length of the vehicle: 31,060 mm
Vehicle height: 3,370 mm
Vehicle width: 2,460 mm
Vehicle weight: 41,118 kg
The maximum number of seats / standing rooms: 69 / 210 persons

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