Bombardier completes first ZEFIRO Express train for Västtrafik

  • Completing the construction of the first train is a significant milestone and the testing and commissioning phase will now begin
  • Västtrafik has 45 ZEFIRO Express high-speed high-capacity trains on order, equipped with a winter package to ensure reliability in harsh weather conditions

BERLIN, Dec. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

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Global mobility leader Bombardier Transportation and Swedish public transport operator Västtrafik have reached another significant milestone in the BOMBARDIER ZEFIRO Express train project. Bombardier has completed the construction of the first ZEFIRO Express train and Västtrafik has approved the build and awarded the Delivery Certificate enabling the testing and commissioning phase to begin.

“It is gratifying that the first of our new trains is ready to hit the testing phase. Now we will ensure that the trains live up to our high demands on safety and efficiency,” said Jarl Samuelsson, Business Director at Västtrafik.

“Achieving the Delivery Certificate is a critical quality milestone in our schedule, and I would like to thank everyone in Västtrafik’s team and our Bombardier team for their hard work to reach this goal. Next steps are to undertake a series of static tests to ensure all onboard systems and equipment are fully functional and safe, followed by dynamic testing where we will witness the first ZEFIRO Express train in motion for the first time in the safe environment of our purpose-built test track,” said Henrik Junkrans, Project Execution Director Nordics at Bombardier Transportation.

The extensive testing and commissioning programme will ensure the train performs as designed and meets the high standards of safety and efficiency demanded by railway safety regulations. The static and dynamic tests will check everything from the propulsion and train control systems to the wheels, bogies and braking systems, automatic doors, driver’s controls and passenger information systems. The tests will take place at Bombardier’s Hennigsdorf production site and test track in Germany. The first train is scheduled to be delivered to Sweden next year, where it will undergo extensive commissioning on Västtrafik’s rail network.  

In April 2018, Bombardier and Västtrafik agreed to the supply contract for 40 ZEFIRO Express three-car trains, then seven months later, Västtrafik ordered five additional trains bringing the total order to 45. The framework contract still has options for 55 further trains. These high-speed high-capacity Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) three-car trainsets will run with a maximum speed of 200 km/h. To ensure reliability in harsh weather conditions, including temperatures as low as -40 degrees Celsius and snow drifts up to 80 cm deep, the new trains are being equipped with a winter package including a robust propulsion system, a single-axle drive and very good slip-slide regulation.

About Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation is a global mobility solution provider leading the way with the rail industry’s broadest portfolio. It covers the full spectrum of solutions, ranging from trains to sub-systems and signalling to complete turnkey transport systems, e-mobility technology and data-driven maintenance services. Combining technology and performance with empathy, Bombardier Transportation continuously breaks new ground in sustainable mobility by providing integrated solutions that create substantial benefits for operators, passengers and the environment. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, Bombardier Transportation employs around 36,000 people and its products and services operate in over 60 countries.

About Bombardier
With over 52,000 employees across two business segments, Bombardier is a global leader in the transportation industry, creating innovative and game-changing planes and trains. Our products and services provide world-class transportation experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Bombardier has production and engineering sites in over 25 countries across the segments of Aviation and Transportation. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, Bombardier posted revenues of $15.8 billion. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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