E464 locomotives to reinforce regional passenger fleet
Trenitalia (Italian Railways) awarded Bombardier Transportation a new order to supply an additional 100 of its economical and proven E464 electric locomotives. Valued at approximately 258 million euros ($383 million US), the contract is a further landmark for Bombardier locomotives in Italy, having already received orders from Trenitalia for a total of 638 E464 locomotives, 480 of which are already in successful commercial service. The contract also considers an option for a further 50 locomotives.
With these additional E464 locomotives, Trenitalia will be operating one of the largest single vehicle-type fleets in Europe, making it one of the first operators to benefit from considerably reduced operational and maintenance costs. Delivery of the locomotives is scheduled for between 2010 and 2012.
“We are really proud that our locomotives are the first acquisition decided on by Trenitalia under the recently announced 2 billion euro investment plan to reinforce its regional passenger fleet. We thank Trenitalia for its continued confidence in the manufacturing capabilities we have developed in Vado Ligure,” commented Roberto Tazzioli, Chief Country Representative, Italy, Bombardier Transportation. “This order reinforces Bombardier’s already strong manufacturing presence in Italy. It encourages us to continue offering superior solutions to Trenitalia, which we believe are poised to place both regional and high-speed rail transportation in Italy amongst the world’s greatest,” added Mr. Tazzioli.
“A remarkable number of almost 4,000 Bombardier locomotives are today demonstrating superior performance in every market in which they are in commercial operation. In Italy, the E464 locomotives are as successful as the BOMBARDIER TRAXX locomotives are in many other European Countries”, said Åke Wennberg, President, Locomotives & Equipment, Bombardier Transportation.
In addition to the locomotives being manufactured in Vado Ligure, the carbodies and BOMBARDIER MITRAC propulsion equipment will be supplied respectively by Bombardier’s sites in Wroclaw, Poland and Trápaga, Spain.
With a maximum power of 3.5 MW and a top-speed of 160 km/h, the E464 locomotive is particularly well known for its high level of reliability, availability and serviceability over its entire life cycle.
About Bombardier Locomotives
Bombardier is the largest producer of locomotives in Europe and the world’s largest manufacturer of electric locomotives. The company’s portfolio covers all market segments, from heavy-haul to very high-speed passenger rail. Today, around 4,000 Bombardier locomotives have been sold.
About Bombardier in Italy
Bombardier Transportation is one of the most important manufacturers of rolling stock in Italy and is involved in some of the country’s most important rail projects. Trenitalia’s various types of electric locomotives, the high-speed train ETR500 (as a member of the Trevi consortium), the Rome-Fiumicino airport people-mover, the tram vehicles in Milan and Palermo, the propulsion systems of the new Rome metro vehicles and the traffic management system installed in various sections of the Italian rail network (SCMT) are fine examples.
Bombardier employs some 700 people in Italy. 500 people are employed in Vado Ligure, the plant set up in 1905 and where more than 1,500 locomotives have been manufactured to date. 200 people work at its engineering centre in Rome, dedicated to the development of rail control solutions, signaling equipment and rail traffic management systems.
About Bombardier Transportation
As the global leader in rail technology, Bombardier Transportation offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER ECO4 technologies – built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology – conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany and has a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.
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Photos: E464 locomotives for Trenitalia
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