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Bombardier receives $2.1 billion high-speed contract from Trenitalia


Bombardier Transportation, in partnership with AnsaldoBreda, announced today that it received a $2.1 billion contract from Trenitalia (Italian Railways) to supply 50 “very high-speed” V300ZEFIRO trainsets.

The V300ZEFIRO has capacity for 600 passengers and is capable of reaching speeds up to 225 mph.

The trains will provide cross-border service, taking Trenitalia’s riders to other European countries without having to change trains.

Bombardier now has received contracts for a total of 210 trains from the ZEFIRO family, including several orders in China.

“The ZEFIRO is a game changer in this industry as, in addition to high speed, it also offers cost-efficiency, coupled with high capacity capabilities, pleasing aesthetics, reliability, safety, durability and environmentally friendly transportation solutions,” said Stephane Rambaud Measson, president of Bombardier’s passengers division, in a prepared statement.

The production, testing and commissioning of the V300ZEFIRO for Italy will take place in Italy at AnsaldoBreda sites and the Bombardier site in Vado Ligure, Italy.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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