Hitachi has secured a contract worth nearly TWD44.3bn ($1.44bn) to supply 600 electric multiple unit (EMU) train cars to Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA).

The Japanese multinational conglomerate company secured the contract through its local subsidiary Taiwan Hitachi Asia Pacific.

The agreement orders the supply of 50 train sets comprising 12 train cars each. The EMUs to be delivered will offer intercity services.

Designed to operate at a maximum speed of 150km/h on 1,067mm track gauge, the trains will run at an average speed 140km/h.

“TRA ordered the train sets as a part of its Train Purchasing and Renewal Plan 2015-2024.”

TRA ordered the train sets as a part of its Train Purchasing and Renewal Plan 2015-2024. The plan aims to enhance railway transportation capacity by replacing ageing train cars.

Hitachi will start delivering the EMU train cars from 2021 to be deployed for services across Taiwan.

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The company has already supplied a variety of railway solutions to Taiwan, including train cars and substation facilities.

It has also delivered TEMU1000 rail train cars, locally known as Taroko, which are regarded as the first tilting train in the country.

Headquartered in the Japanese capital of Tokyo, Hitachi caters globally with a diverse railway solution portfolio including high-speed railways.

In September, the company signed an agreement with Italian public transport entity FNM to deliver up to 120 high-capacity double-deck trains to be delivered from 2020.