Renfe taps CAF for 28 battery-equipped trains

Medium-distance train in Galicia2022, Renfe

CAF has been awarded a contract for 28 new trains. The new units will operate on Renfe’s so-called medium-distance lines. The trains will be equipped with batteries so that they can run on sections without overhead lines for short distances. The contract is valued at 290 million euros.

Included in the contract is a joint maintenance programme for 17 trains for a duration of 15 years. The other 11 trains will be maintained in-house by Renfe Manufacturing and Maintenance. The Spanish operator has an option to expand the order to a maximum of 70 trains. The new battery-equipped trains can reach speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour.

The new train order is part of Renfe’s fleet renewal campaign, which got underway in 2019. It calls for the replacement of half of the operator’s fleet that have Public Service Obligations (OSP). The renewal campaign represents an investment of 4.6 billion euros and calls for the construction of 418 new trains, ranging from high-speed trains to commuter trains and locomotives. Renfe puts the resulting job creation number at around 52,000.

The centrepiece of the renewal campaign is the arrival of 211 new high-capacity Cercanías commuter trains. This contracts carries a value of more than 2.72 billion euros and represents the biggest investment in Renfe’s history.

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1 comment op “Renfe taps CAF for 28 battery-equipped trains”

bönström bönström|13.10.22|10:50

Yes, all vital functions, of society: electrification of railways, etc. have to prove redundant, resilent and robust!
(Lacking of redundancy was direct cause of escalating scenario at Fukushima catastrophe.)
Accordingly, now IM:s and Industry (Commission, etc…) “shall take all steps”, for making railways the resilent, redundant and robust, the timely device!

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