Bombardier Transportation’s Chinese joint venture, Bombardier Sifang Power (Qingdao) Transportation (BSP), has received an order for 40, 16-car, high-speed trains from the Chinese Ministry of Railways (MOR).
The contract, valued at approximately €1bn with Bombardier’s share worth approximately €413m, is the largest single order for rail passenger cars placed at one time in Chinese rail history.
The new electric-multiple-unit (EMU) trains will be capable of speeds up to 250km/h. Twenty of the EMU trains will be designed for overnight services and fitted with sleeping berth interiors. The remaining 20 EMU trains will be upgraded, 16-car versions of eight-car trains now being delivered to the MOR as part of orders placed in May 2005 and October 2004.
The new trains will be manufactured at BSP production facilities in Qingdao, China. Bombardier MITRAC propulsion systems for the trains will be jointly produced by Bombardier CPC Propulsion System Company, a Bombardier joint venture based in Changzhou, and Bombardier facilities in Europe.
First deliveries of the new trains are scheduled for February 2009. Delivery of the final train is expected August 2010.