Alstom has unveiled the first TGV M power car for SNCF Voyageurs at its Belfort workshops, following a presentation of a train’s body shell on 16 July 2020.
The eco-designed TGV, the first trainsets of which are scheduled to enter service in 2024, has benefited from the know-how of the best experts from Voyages SNCF and Alstom, brought together on a common platform during the definition and co-specification phases of the project. This new way of designing a more innovative and efficient train is a first in Europe.
Thanks to a more compact, simplified, and streamlined architecture, the TGV M boasts reduced acquisition and maintenance costs whilst gaining 20 per cent in capacity providing 740 seats compared to 600 in current duplex carriages. The return of energy to the catenary during braking, eco-driving and the increasingly aerodynamic shape of the nose allow overall energy savings of around 20 per cent, while the 97 per cent carbon recyclability objective makes TGV M’s carbon footprint the lowest on the market. The train will benefit real-time provision of information on train parts, allowing preventive maintenance.
The TGV M features unprecedented modularity, making it possible to adjust the number of carriages according to precise market needs – 7, 8, or 9, to transform 1st class seating areas into 2nd class areas and reconfigure them by adding or removing seats or bicycle and baggage storage areas, etc. The 4th generation of TGV train is designed with a 100 per cent accessibility across carriage areas for all passengers. From the start, TGV M was the first TGV to be designed in close collaboration with wheelchair user associations and will be the first TGV to provide fully autonomous train accessibility for people with reduced mobility.
The train provides access to online scalable services to meet passenger needs, such as on-board WiFi and complete real-time information across train areas.