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Renfe ordered electric trains from Alstom, CAF and Stadler

22 December 2022
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Render image of Alstom’s partial double-deck Coradia Stream HC for Renfe
Render image of Alstom’s partial double-deck Coradia Stream HC for Renfe. Source: Alstom
Savenkova Ekaterina, Editorial Contributor to International Projects of ROLLINGSTOCK Agency
Reading time ~ 2 min
Stolchnev Alexey, Russian Projects Editor, ROLLINGSTOCK Agency

Spain: National operator awarded three contracts totalling a value of €858.4 mln for 97 electric trains. All the rolling stock is intended for regional passenger service. The manufacture of the new fleet will be in Spain and, according to Renfe, will positively impact the country’s economy with creation of, and support to 10,000 jobs.

The largest order was placed with Alstom. The company will manufacture 49 partially double-deck Coradia Stream HC trains. Earlier in March 2021, Alstom was ordered 152 X’trapolis EMUs. The two contracts amount to €1.8 bln and include supply of spare parts, maintenance of 56 trains for 15 years, and creation of Alstom’s depot in Santa Perpetua where the rolling stock will be manufactured. Each 100 metres long Coradia Stream HC has 900 seats, so its capacity is 20% more than that of any existing CAF’s Civias of the Renfe’s fleet. According to Alstom, 98% of train components can be recycled.

In a similar way Renfe used the option of the last-year contract with Stadler. Under the contract Stadler will manufacture double-deck EMUs of two sizes: twenty-four 100 metres long and twenty-five 200 metres long. The exercised option covers twenty 200 metres long EMUs for €307.7 mln, so the total value of two orders is €1.3 bln. The rolling stock will be manufactured at Stadler’s site in Valencia. 3 kV DC trains will accelerate to a speed of 140 km/h.

CAF was awarded a €183 mln contract for 28 electric trains. That is 4 trains less than Renfe planned. Earlier in October the Spanish operator awarded a €300 mln contract to the producer for 28 battery-equipped electric trains, spare parts, and maintenance of 17 trains for 15 years.

All these purchase activities are a part of Renfe’s fleet renewal strategy worth €5.4 bln. The company is planning to purchase 519 vehicles, including EMUs, high-speed trains, and locomotives from Alstom, Stadler, CAF and Talgo.