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Preparations are being made for the implementation of a contract for the maintenance and overhauls of BDZ PP Desiros.
On 17 December 2020, Smartrons 80 035 and 036 arrived at the Sofia depot, becoming the first two of a batch of 15 locomotives ordered by BDZ PP.
On 25 September 2020 Bombardier Transportation announced that it has established a new legal entity in Bulgaria as well as a project management office in Sofia.
On 3 August 2020, BDZ announced that in a public vote on the color scheme of the new Smartrons, the Green Force proposal was chosen.
BDZ has announced several tenders in recent months.
On 21 May 2020 Bulgarian State Railways (BDZ) has ordered ten Smartrons from Siemens Mobility.
Updated news! Following an invitation to tender, on 17 December 2019 Alstom signed a five-year contract worth around 70 million EUR with BDZh - Pyatnicheski prevozi (BDZ - Passenger Services) for the maintenance of its 46 Desiro Classic units.
On 3 January 2020 BDZh PP has announced a public procurement with the subject „Delivery and warranty maintenance of up to 16 new EMUs“, designed to serve fast/inter-city long distance trains for trips over three hours.
Shortly before Christmas, the second of the Smartrons, ordered by operators from the Balkan countries, was delivered.