Alstom Transport has secured a €460m contract from Italian rail operator NTV for the supply and 20-year maintenance of eight Pendolino high-speed trains.
Part of Alstom’s Avelia range, the Pendolino model will expand NTV’s existing fleet, providing additional high-speed journeys to its passengers.
The new 250km/h trains will complement the operator’s existing fleet of 25 300km/h AGV Italo trains and increase train frequencies on existing routes.
According to Alstom, the contract would meet NTV’s requirements for flexible trains capable of performing on both conventional and high-speed lines.
Each seven-car train would be 187m-long and will accommodate around 500 passengers, with an interior designed to enhanced passenger experience.
The new Pendolinos will be designed and built at Alstom’s Savigliano plant in Italy with delivery of the first train scheduled for 2017.
Alstom’s Sesto San Giovanni site in Milan is responsible for the design and production of the traction systems, while its Bologna plant will provide signalling systems.
Alongside NTV’s AGV fleet, the new trains will be maintained by Alstom at its depot at Nola near Naples.
Alstom said that the environmentally friendly Pendolino train has a high level of recyclability and reduced CO2 emissions, while its optimised, distributed traction system improves efficiency and acceleration, as well as regenerates energy while braking.
In addition to featuring improved crash protection and an aerodynamic front end, the train is compatible with the latest 2014 TSI common conditions and regulations established by the EU.
Image: Maintenance in Nola. Photo: courtesy of Alstom Transport.