Major contract for Hitachi to build high-speed trains
Hitachi Rail will manufacture 12 high-speed trains for the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation, the Japanese company recently announced. The contract carries a value of 124 billion yen, or around 830 million euros. First deliveries are scheduled for 2026.
The new trains will be based on the N700S platform, currently in used by the Central Japan Railway Company. The 12 trains sets will consists of a total of 144 cars, and each train will measure 300 metres in length. The high-speed trains live up to their name as they will run at 300 kilometres per hour.
Another distinguishing feature of the new trains will be lithium-ion batteries, so that the train can run on battery power on low speeds or in the event of a power outage. Compared to the 700T platform, the N700S also features an improved and more compact traction system. The train is also lighter and more aerodynamic.
The Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation has been operating high-speed trains between Taipei and Kaohsiung since 2007, having adopted the Japanese Shinkansen system. The new trains are part of an effort to increase the attractiveness of rail in Taiwan.
The contract for the 12 high-speed trains will be executed by a consortium comprising Hitachi, the Toshiba Corporation and the Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation.
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