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August 03, 2010

Trenitalia announces preferred bidder for HS train order

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TRENITALIA has confirmed a consortium of Bombardier and AnsaldoBreda is the preferred bidder to supply a fleet of 50 high-speed trains in a deal worth around Euros 1.2 billion.

The eight-car trains, which are expected to be classified ETR1000, will be based on Bombardier's Zefiro V300 platform and will have a commercial speed of 360km/h with a maximum speed of 400km/h. A prototype will be delivered within 30 months and series production will begin 12-15 months later. The 200m-long multi-system trains will accommodate up to 600 passengers and will be approved for operations in eight different countries, including France and Switzerland.
zefirov300.jpgBidding was based on a points system, with a maximum possible score of 70 points for the technical part and 30 points for price. The consortium scored 56.533 for the technical part and 28.88 for price, while Alstom, the only competing bidder, scored 50.795 and 28.61 respectively.

Trenitalia says it expects to formally award the contract at a board meeting in Rome on Thursday. This will make Trenitalia the launch customer for the V300 variant of the Zefiro, although Bombardier has already sold the V250 and V380 versions in China. A full-size mock-up of the V300 will be displayed at InnoTrans on September 21-24.

Alstom developed a new design for the contract, which specified a non-articulated train thereby ruling out the manufacturer's AGV, which has already been sold to Trenitalia's competitor NTV.

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