Knorr-Bremse won the contract for the supply of braking and HVAC systems for 100 Alstom’s Avelia Horizon trains, part of France’s TGV high-speed train fleet. The contract also includes an option for further trains.
Under the contract, Knorr-Bremse is to equip the new high-speed trains built on Alstom’s Avelia platform with braking systems – air supply, brake control, bogie equipment, and HVAC systems. In the Avelia Horizon for the first time SNCF has opted for the direct braking systems.
The initial delivery of braking and HVAC systems from Knorr-Bremse for the Avelia Horizon are scheduled in 2020. The new Alstom high-speed train will enter scheduled commercial service in 2023.
In July, SNCF approved a firm order for 100 Avelia Horizon very high-speed trains which will consist of two innovative power cars of reduced length, combining high performance and compactness, and articulated double-deck passenger cars. EUR 2.7 billion was the estimated value of the contract.
In 2015, Knorr-Bremse worked with SNCF and Alstom for the development of the new Avelia Horizon. The companies collaborated on the concept and realization of the new generation of trains, with Knorr-Bremse proposing innovative product and system solutions.