Taiwan Railways Administration awarded Taiwan Hitachi Asia Pacific, Hitachi’s Taiwan subsidiary, a EUR 1.3 billion (JPY 160 billion) contract for the supply of 50 twelve-car EMUs (600 train cars) for Intercity Express services. The new train cars will be delivered from 2021.
The new trainsets are designed for 1,067mm gauge and their maximum operating speed is 140 km/h.
Taiwan Railways Administration has set a purchasing and renewal plan until 2024 to increase rail transport capacity by replacing existing train cars with a large number of new cars.
Hitachi manufactured and delivered to the TRA a total of 6 trainsets (TEMU1000 rail cars), the first tilting train in Taiwan, that were delivered in 200 and 2007. The trains, called Taroko, were deployed on a route that spans a total operating distance of 443 km. The route runs from Douliu in western Taiwan to areas near the northern Taiwan coast with many curved segments via Taipei, and eastwards towards Shoufeng.
In 2015, Hitachi won an additional order for 16 tilting rail cars (2 trainsets).