Bombardier Transportation announced that its Chinese joint venture, Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd., has been selected by the Chinese Ministry of Railways (MOR) to supply 80 ZEFIRO 380 very high speed trains (1,120 cars) for the country’s rapidly growing high speed rail network. The contract, including 20 eight-car trainsets and 60 sixteen-car trainsets, is valued at an estimated 27.4 billion Chinese Renminbis ($4 billion US, 2.7 billion euros). Bombardier’s share of the contract is estimated at 13.5 billion Chinese Renminbis, ($2 billion US, 1.3 billion euros). The first train is scheduled for delivery in 2012 with final deliveries expected in 2014.
The new trainsets will be an integral part of an evolving high speed rail capability in China, which is developing more than 6,000 km of new high speed lines to create one of the most advanced high speed rail networks in the world. The trains, with maximum operating speeds of 380 kph, are based on Bombardier’s next-generation ZEFIRO high speed rail technology, and powered by a highly energy efficient BOMBARDIER MITRAC propulsion and control system.
The ZEFIRO 380 trainsets will also incorporate Bombardier’s advanced ECO4 energy saving technologies to create best-in-class energy and operating efficiencies. Bombardier launched its ECO4 technology package in 2008 as part of an ongoing focus to extend rail’s position as the most sustainable form of transportation in the world. Bombardier is first in the industry to create a new formula for total train performance with a portfolio that can create substantial overall energy savings of up to 50%.
The ZEFIRO 380 trains will be manufactured at Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation production facilities in Qingdao, China. Engineering will take place in Qingdao and at Bombardier centers in Europe with project management and components provided from sites in Europe and China.
Established in 1998, Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd. is a joint venture between Bombardier and CSR Sifang Locomotive and Rolling Stock Ltd. dedicated to supplying passenger rail rolling stock for China. It has delivered over 1,000 passenger rail cars into China since its inception, including a range of high speed trains and high-grade passenger coaches.
Pierre Beaudoin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc., said he is proud to have ZEFIRO 380 technology play a key role in China’s visionary development of a national high speed rail system. “We are very pleased to be delivering leading-edge very high speed rail technology through Chinese expertise and resources. This illustrates the strategic importance of delivering the most advanced rail technology for China from within China.”
Bombardier Transportation President and Chief Operating Officer André Navarri described the achievement as the result of a long and fruitful partnership with the Chinese. “We are supplying the latest VHS technology for one of the most far-reaching high speed rail initiatives anywhere in the world. This is a landmark order for next-generation rail equipment and the result of a positive and productive, long-term relationship,” he added.
Stéphane Rambaud-Measson, Bombardier Transportation Passengers Division President explained that ZEFIRO 380 is designed from the ground up to make high speed rail more effective as a competitive mode of passenger transport. “The most exciting projects are those that push the technology envelope toward new achievement,” he said. “ZEFIRO represents a step change in the very high speed rail sector. It’s fast to be sure, but competitive rail service demands more than just speed. It’s about operating efficiency, best-in-class energy consumption per passenger, reliability and rider capacity that exceeds anything else on the rails. ZEFIRO delivers all this and more,” he concluded.
Jianwei Zhang, President and Chief Country Representative Bombardier China said, “China has a clear vision of the critical role high speed rail must play in a sustainable transportation system, and is making the strategic investments necessary to ensure that vision is realized. This country is selecting the most advanced technologies to build the most advanced rail network in the world. It is a pleasure to include this innovative project in the long line of compelling rail solutions we have delivered to China.”