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Knorr-Bremse to supply braking and HVAC systems for high-speed trains

Germany-based Knorr-Bremse has won a contract from Alstom to supply braking systems and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) for SNCF’s Next-generation high-speed trains.

Knorr-Bremse to supply braking and HVAC systems for high-speed trains
Knorr-Bremse will supply braking and HVAC system for 100 Avelia Horizon trains.

The contract also has provision to deliver additional systems for the new-generation double-deck trains in the future.

Knorr-Bremse executive board member Dr Jürgen Wilder said: “Knorr-Bremse’s strategy and product development activities are geared toward low life cycle costs, energy efficiency and eco-efficiency.

“The resultant solutions that we presented thoroughly impressed SNCF and Alstom. We are proud to be on board in such a significant and prestigious pro-ject as the new generation of the TGV.”
The Avelia Horizon is the first French high-speed train to have a direct braking system.

Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems management board member Mark Cleobury said: “This contract for the Avelia platform represents the next step in our successful collaboration with SNCF and Alstom that already covers several generations of high-speed trains.
“We have considered the requirements of both SNCF and Alstom from the very beginning. Through our expertise we are helping to assure the establishment and long-term success of the new TGV.”

The trains will be equipped with the braking systems by 2020 and are expected to enter service by 2023.
In July, Alstom won a contract worth €2.7bn from SNCF Mobilités to deliver 100 next–generation Avelia Horizon trains.The Avelia Horizon trains will be 200m long, though the number of passenger coaches will vary between seven, eight and nine. They will have a maximum speed of 350km/h, a maximum output of 8MW and a maximum axle load of 17t.

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