Dr. Ladislav Sobotka photo

Dr. Ladislav Sobotka

Engineering and R&D Director
Skoda Electric


Ladislav is the Director of Development and Engineering at ŠKODA ELECTRIC, part of the ŠKODA Group. He joined Skoda in 1982 to develop electric locomotives, where he worked on traction drives. In 1996 he developed a new traction drive for the City Elephant double-decker unit (3 kV DC supply system ) with new HV IGBT transistors and a double star asynchronous traction motor. He also worked extensively on the development of trams and subway vehicles. He has been in the management of ŠKODA TRANSPORTATION since 1994, and in the following years he served as Technical Director and member of the Supervisory Board of ŠKODA TRANSPORTATION. In 2003, he founded ŠKODA ELECTRIC and was a member of the Board of Directors in charge of the technical departments. At ŠKODA ELECTRIC, he has been involved in a number of foreign projects, such as a traction drive for locomotives for Turkey in cooperation with the Korean company Hyundai-Rotem and a groundbreaking traction drive for a subway train for the Chinese city of Suzhou. Ladislav works very intensively with universities and is a member of three scientific councils. Since 2015 he has been working on SiC semiconductors and high efficiency traction drives.

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Skoda Electric

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