The new TGVs, called “TGV M”, should enter service in 2024, ready for the Olympic Games in Paris.
This week, Alstom released the first images of the new train engines from its Belfort plant (Bourgogne-Franche-Comté). The modern, white design features curved edges and a large windshield.
Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, President of Alstom France, said to AFP: “We worked on aerodynamics, with a much more streamlined engine.”
It’s the only piece of the design to have been revealed so far, with everything else – including the interior – still “under wraps” for now, the company said.
A new face for a new train: today, @GroupeSNCF Voyageurs and Alstom unveiled the new engine for the #TGVM. Discover the “nose” and the functionalities of this new ecological product, energy efficient, 100% online and 100% French #great speed train: https: //t.co/u9rKiC12Fs #mobilitybynature pic.twitter.com/FSBrBijI4v
– Alstom (@Alstom) May 26, 2021
In July 2018, the railway company SNCF ordered 100 models of the new Alstom trains, at a cost of 2.7 billion euros.
The new trains will “revolutionize rail transport” and make rail lines better connected and more environmentally friendly, SNCF said.
The new “fourth generation” TGV trains will consume 20% less energy than current models and reduce CO2 emissions by 32%. It will be 97% recyclable, compared to 90% for current models.
They will also have the capacity to carry 20% more passengers than current TGVs, with a capacity of 740 people on board. The new trains will also have Wi-Fi and 5G coverage on board.
The trains will be “modular” and will allow easy modification of their configuration, in particular by shortening the train, by modifying the location of the bar or the configuration of the seats inside.
Alstom said: “We have not yet fully determined the speed of delivery. The company has requested that deliveries be extended until 2031, to save money due to the impact of the pandemic.
By 2031, once all deliveries are complete, the new TGV M models will represent one third of the high-speed trains used in France and beyond.
Christophe Fanichet, CEO of SNCF Voyageurs, said: “We expect this TGV to be able to travel across Europe.” It comes at a time when SNCF recently launched its low-cost TGV Ouigo service in Spain, in direct competition with the national company Renfe.
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