Bombardier and Trenitalia Sign 258 Million Euros Contract for an Additional 100 Locomotives in Italy
E464 locomotives to reinforce regional passenger fleet
Trenitalia (Italian Railways) awarded Bombardier Transportation a new order to supply an additional 100 of its economical and proven E464 electric locomotives. Valued at approximately 258 million euros ($383 million US), the contract is a further landmark for Bombardier locomotives in Italy, having already received orders from Trenitalia for a total of 638 E464 locomotives, 480 of which are already in successful commercial service. The contract also considers an option for a further 50 locomotives.
With these additional 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. Delivery of the locomotives is scheduled for between 2010 and 2012.
“We are really proud that our locomotives are the first acquisition decided on by Trenitalia under the recently announced 2 billion euro investment plan to reinforce its regional passenger fleet. 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 are poised to place both regional and high-speed rail transportation in Italy amongst the world’s greatest,” added Mr. Tazzioli.
“A remarkable number of almost 4,000 Bombardier locomotives are today demonstrating superior performance in every market in which they are in commercial operation. In Italy, the E464 locomotives are as successful as the BOMBARDIER TRAXX locomotives are in many other European Countries”, said Åke Wennberg, President, Locomotives & Equipment, Bombardier Transportation.
In addition to the locomotives being manufactured in Vado Ligure, the carbodies and BOMBARDIER MITRAC propulsion equipment will be supplied respectively by Bombardier’s sites in Wroclaw, Poland and Trápaga, Spain.
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.
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