The new TGV makes its first tests in the Czech Republic

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The TGV M has entered a new phase of the test program. This TGV of the future, whose entry into circulation is scheduled for 2024, is the subject of numerous dynamic tests.

The first TGV M test train has indeed reached the Velim site, in the Czech Republic, to be tested there for around 6 months. They are made there by Alstom with the support of the Railway Testing Agency and the Equipment Engineering Department of SNCF Voyageurs.

At the end of this key stage, the TGV M will join the national rail network to travel at 320 km/h.

Japanese TGV with a 22m nose

Will we soon copy Japanese trains?

Thanks to a more compact, simplified and rationalized architecture, the TGV M benefits from reduced acquisition and maintenance costs for greater passenger capacity. The ever more aerodynamic shape of the nose » for better air penetration, and eco-driving, allow energy savings of around 20%.

Japanese trains continue to progress. Japan has unveiled its latest next-generation high-speed train that will be able to travel at top speeds of 400 kilometers (224 mph). Called Alfa-X, the train is made up of 10 electric cars made by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Hitachi. the cars feature a light green line running along their silver bodywork, but the most distinct feature is its elegant nose of 22 meters

Ordered in 115 copies to date (100 trainsets in domestic version and 15 in international version)

The TGV M will be used for both the TGV INOUI and OUIGO offers and is characterized by major innovations:

  • An unprecedented modularity, which makes it possible to adjust the number of cars as closely as possible to market needs (7, 8 or 9), to quickly transform a 1st class space into a 2nd class space and vice versa, to reconfigure the interior by removing or adding seats, bicycle or luggage spaces, etc.
  • A surface area on board increased by 20%, i.e. a possible offer of up to 740 seats compared to a maximum of 634 today.
  • Ultra-competitive energy efficiency and carbon footprint per passenger: the carbon footprint of the TGV M is the lowest on the market and 97% of the train’s components are recyclable. With -32% CO² emissions, TGV M is fully in line with the SNCF Group’s environmental commitments, set out in the SNCF Voyageurs “Planète Voyages” program and which aim to reduce the carbon footprint and energy consumption of all his activities.
  • Access to scalable connected services that meet the needs of passengers, such as WiFi on board, as well as complete, real-time information in the various areas of the train.
  • A highly “communicative” train whose sensors continuously transmit thousands of data allowing the train to be examined in real time from every angle to optimize maintenance and availability.
  • Increased accessibility on board, for the benefit of all passengers.

This is very useful train soon for the transportation in the Japan.

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