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THE first TGV M fourth-generation power car for French National Railways (SNCF) was unveiled at Alstom’s Belfort plant on May 26. The ceremony was attended by Mr Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, president of Alstom France, Mr Christophe Fanichet, chairman and CEO of SNCF Voyageurs, and Mr Alain Krakovitch, managing director, Voyages SNCF.
“This eco-designed TGV, the first trains of which are scheduled to enter service in 2024, has benefited from the know-how of the best experts from Voyages SNCF and Alstom, brought together on a common platform during the definition and co-specification phases of the project,” Alstom says. “This new way of designing a more innovative and efficient train is a first in Europe.”
Thanks to a more compact, simplified and streamlined architecture, TGV M will have lower acquisition and maintenance costs compared with the existing TGV Duplex double-deck train whilst gaining 20% in capacity. The return of energy to the catenary during braking, eco-driving and the aerodynamic shape of the nose allow overall energy savings of around 20%.
The new trains, which will also benefit SNCF’s Ouigo offer, will introduce several major advances:
Alstom says the key features of TGV M are:
This article first appeared on www.railjournal.com
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