THE PROPULSION EQUIPMENT PRODUCED FROM BOMBARDIER’S FACTORY IN TRAPAGA WILL BE PRESENT IN THE 23 FRECCIAROSSA 1000 TRAINS THAT ILSA WILL OPERATE IN SPAIN
Hitachi Rail SpA and Bombardier Transportation have signed a contract with Italy’s primary train operator Trenitalia to supply 23 Frecciarossa 1000 very high-speed (VHS) trains for the new Intermodalidad de Levante (ILSA) rail operation.
With cutting-edge train control and propulsion technologies deriving from the V300ZEFIRO platform, the Frecciarossa 1000 very high-speed train has been chosen for the new ILSA franchise in Spain to enrich the travel experience for passengers, thanks to its high levels of comfort and reliability.
Trapaga will supply the propulsion equipment for these very high speed European trains, made in collaboration with Hitachi Rail Italy, and designed to operate at maximum speeds of 360 kilometers per hour (kph) and which in tests have reached speed peaks of 400 kph. The trains, with 8 cars, 4 engines and 4 trailers, will have distributed traction and the capacity to operate at three different catenary voltages: 25 kVac, 3 kVdc and 1.5 kVdc.
“Bombardier Spain’s relationship and conversations with our colleagues in Ilsa began years ago, and we are very proud that they have culminated in the signing of this contract. Our site in Trapaga (Basque Country) will be responsible for the manufacture and supply of the propulsion and control systems for the 23 trains”, said Óscar Vázquez, Country Managing Director, Chairman of the Board at Bombardier Spain and CCO of Bombardier Transportation worldwide, who also indicated that “we are confident that in the future our Services team in Spain will be able to form part of the project and put its experience at the service of the project as one of the world’s leading companies in the maintenance of high-speed vehicle fleets”.