Bombardier Transportation announced today that it received an order from Trenitalia (Italian Railways) for the supply of 100 E464 electric locomotives. The contract is valued at approximately 250 million Euro ($323 million US). This new contract comes after an initial order for 50 units placed in 1996 followed by three additional options for 90, 100 and 48 units received in 1999, 2001 and 2003, respectively.
Deliveries of this new set of 100 locomotives are scheduled to take place between September 2005 and November 2007. Production of the new locomotives will overlap with the delivery schedule of the previous contract, scheduled to end by September 2006. To make all the delivery schedules possible, the manufacturing rate will increase to a level of six locomotives per month. To date, Bombardier Transportation has delivered 240 (out of 388) E464-type locomotives to Trenitalia.
Trenitalia will use the E464 locomotives, which have been in successful revenue service on Italian tracks since 1999, to reinforce and partially substitute the present fleet of locomotives providing passenger regional transportation. With a maximum power of 3.5 MW and a top-speed of 160 km/h, the E464 product represents state-of-the-art technology for medium-power 3kV DC locomotives.
“This new contract, which highlights the good contract execution capacity of our company, stages the first-class performance of the E464 locomotives already in service,” commented Roberto Tazzioli, Chief Country Representative, Italy, Bombardier Transportation. “This additional order further reinforces Bombardier’s already strong leadership in the Italian electric locomotives market” he added.
The production of the locomotives will be undertaken at Bombardier’s site in Vado Ligure, Italy. Propulsion and electric equipment are to be supplied respectively by Bombardier’s sites in Mannheim, Germany and Trapaga, Spain.
“Bombardier’s locomotives are demonstrating superior technical arguments in every market they operate in. In Italy, the E-type locomotives are a success, just like the TRAXX family locomotives are in Germany and Switzerland”, commented Edmund Schlummer, President, Locomotives & Freight, Bombardier Transportation.
Of notice is also the Bombardier TRAXX F140 MS multi-system locomotive, an innovative product that underwent extensive track testing from May to October 2004, and received approval for unrestricted operations in Italy last December. This means that obstacles to cross-border freight and passenger services between Switzerland and Italy have been removed.
Bombardier Transportation is one of the most important manufacturers of rail equipment in Italy and has been involved in some of the country’s most important rail projects. Trenitalia’s E405, E412 and E464 locomotives, the high-speed train ETR500 (as a member of Trevi consortium), the people mover for Rome-Fiumicino airport and Milan’s Eurotram vehicles are fine examples.
Bombardier Transportation has an important engineering centre in Rome dedicated to the development of rail control solutions. It also has an industrial site in Vado Ligure, which has been manufacturing rail equipment since 1871. The Vado Ligure site is the oldest electromechanical facility in Italy and a countrywide leader in the production of railway rolling stock. To date, more than 1,200 locomotives have been produced in Vado Ligure.
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Hélène V. Gagnon
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