French rolling stock manufacturer Alstom will supply 20 new generation Traxx DC3 electric locomotives to leading Italian rail operator Polo Mercitalia (Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato). Delivery of the new units, named E.494 in Italy, is scheduled to start in early 2024.
The agreement follows a contract signed in December 2017 for the delivery of 40 Traxx DC3 locomotives of the latest generation with an option for a further 20 units. "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,” said Michele Viale, Managing Director of Alstom Italy and Chairman and CEO of Alstom Ferroviaria.
The high-power Traxx DC3 electric locomotive maximizes efficiency, minimizes maintenance intervention and provides higher load and traction capacity with lower energy consumption. It is part of the Traxx 3 platform, one of the most modern four-axle locomotives in Europe. The order fulfills a plan to progressively renew the locomotive and wagon fleet to make rail transport more sustainable and efficient.
"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,” said Gianpiero Strisciuglio, CEO of Mercitalia Logistics.
The last 20 years in Europe has seen sales of over 2,400 Traxx locomotives, with homologation in 20 countries and a total annual distance covered of over 300 million km. The Traxx DC3 locomotives destined for the Italian market will be manufactured at Alstom's Vado Ligure plant, which is a centre for the production and maintenance of rolling stock and subsystems. In addition to manufacturing of the latest generation of Traxx electric locomotives, the plant is also engaged in overhauls of traction units.