Spanish railways operator Renfe has awarded Talgo a contract for the supply of 15 very high-speed trains Avril with a maximum commercial speed of 330 km/h. The contract also includes maintaining this fleet for 30 years. Total contract value reaches EUR 787 million. The contract includes an option to buy a second block of 15 additional units and to extend the maintenance period for 10 additional years. Talgo shall deliver the first block in 36 months.
Each of the Avril trains will have a maximum commercial speed of 330 km/h and a total passenger capacity of 521 seats. Thus by using multiple-unit train control and two units coupled, Renfe could transport up to 600 passengers in a single service, with total comfort.
Renfe will be able to establish a fleet ready to improve its offering along the Mediterranean coast and to cross the Pyrenees to serve destinations in France. To this end, Avril units manufactured by Talgo will have three different electrification systems (1.5kV and 3 kV DC, plus 25 kV 50 Hz AC) and several signaling systems (ERTMS and ASFA for the use in Spain and TVM and KVB to be used in France).