A model of the future ZSSK 381 series was on display at Innotrans 2010.
On 30.07.2009, the Slovakian state railways (ZSSK) awarded Skoda Transportation the first export order for its 109E platform locomotive. Two units were ordered, as part of a €83 million Euro deal, also including modernization of ten class 263 electrics and the building of ten 3-car double-deck push-pull trains sets.
Skoda will built the locomotives in Plzen, delivery is sceduled for 2013. The two ZSSK units, to be designated as 381 series, will have a reduced top speed of only 160 kph and they will be equipped with GSM-R/ETCS Level 1 for services on the Bratislava - Nové Mesto nad Váhom - Zilina corridor.