SPANISH national operator Renfe has awarded CAF a €290m contract to supply 28 EMUs for medium-distance services on its 1668mm-gauge network, along with an option for another 42 EMUs.

A Renfe-CAF joint venture will provide maintenance and spare parts for 17 trains for 15 years, while Renfe will maintain the remaining 11 trains itself. Renfe says the new trains will improve efficiency and reduce costs in the long term.

The 200km/h trains will be equipped with batteries to allow them to travel short distances without catenary or during power failures.

The EMUs have been ordered under Renfe’s €4.6bn fleet renewal plan launched in 2019, which includes the purchase of 418 new trains.

Renfe awarded CAF a €258m contract in June 2020 to supply 37 trains for its 1000mm-gauge network, comprising 26 EMUs and five bi-mode multiple-units for commuter services around the country, and six EMUs for the Cercedilla – Cotos route in Madrid. 

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