E464 locomotives will strengthen regional passenger fleet in Italy
Trenitalia (Italian Railways) has awarded Bombardier Transportation a new order to supply an additional 50 of its economical and proven E464 electric locomotives, exercising an option to the contract signed in 2009 for the supply of 100 units. Valued at approximately 128 million euro ($186 million US), the contract is a further landmark for Bombardier locomotives in Italy. With this contract, Trenitalia has placed orders for a total of 688 E464 locomotives, 570 of which are already in successful commercial service. Delivery of the locomotives is scheduled for between 2012 and 2013.
"With these additional 50 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,” said Åke Wennberg, President, Locomotives and Equipment, Bombardier Transportation. “In Italy, the E464 locomotives are as successful as the BOMBARDIER TRAXX locomotives are in many other European countries.”
“We are really proud of this new order. 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 is positioned to place both regional and high-speed rail transportation in Italy amongst the world’s greatest,” added Mr. Tazzioli.
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 new high-speed train V300ZEFIRO, 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, signalling equipment and rail traffic management systems.
About Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, 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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