by Tiana May
22 Sep 2022
Alstom has been contracted to supply Italian railway operator, Polo Mercitalia (Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato) with 20 new-generation Traxx DC3 electric locomotives.
These units are scheduled to be delivered in 2024 and will join the 40 units ordered in 2017, which have been in service for Mercitalia Rail for the past 3 years.
“We are extremely proud that Polo Mercitalia, our long-standing customer and the first one to have invested in the Traxx DC3 high-power electric locomotive, has decided to exercise this purchase option for a further 20 units in addition to the 40 already delivered. This additional agreement is another proof of the trust that our customers have in our Group and in the Traxx DC3 product, which stands more than 160 units sold, of which around 90 are circulating on the Italian rail network.”
All the Traxx DC3 locomotives for the Italian market will be produced at Alstom’s Vado Ligure site.
The Traxx DC3 is Alstom’s latest generation of high-power electric locomotives. They have been designed to maximise efficiency, minimise maintenance and provide higher load and traction capacity with lower energy consumption.
“In order to make rail transport more sustainable and efficient, it is essential to renew our fleet of locomotives and wagons. Over a 10-year period, we plan to purchase 3,500 wagons and more than 300 new generation, environmentally- friendly electric and hybrid locomotives, including these 20. These locomotives are very innovative because they can be equipped to perform the last rail mile, penetrating directly into non-electrified areas such as inland terminals and ports with a quick power change, directly connecting rail transport with other transport modes.”
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