The French administrative regions of Poitou-Charentes and Auvergne have placed a €125m ($164m) order with Alstom to supply ten and 12 regional trains, respectively, from the Coradia Polyvalent range (Régiolis).
The Coradia Polyvalent is a single-level regional train which can travel at up to 160km/h in its electric and hybrid versions and operates at two different voltages (25kV and 1,500V).
The train features optimal accessibility and improved security while motor bogies are positioned at the ends of the carriages to limit vibrations and noise levels, according to Alstom.
The trains will be manufactured and assembled in Alstom facilities in France and Belgium. The first carriage frame is being finished at Alstom’s plant in Reichshoffen, Alsace.
The order is part of a contract signed earlier in 2009 with France’s national railway company and financed by the French regions, bringing the total number of Régiolis trains ordered to 142 units.
The initial €800m ($1bn) contract consisted of 100 Régiolis trains, which was followed by a further order of 19 trainsets in January and a further 23 trains in March 2010.
Alstom said the total volume of orders could eventually reach 1,000 trains, for total orders of over €7bn ($9.2bn). Alstom plans to roll off the first train in June 2011, while the deliveries will be between 2013 and 2015.
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