The French manufacturer of rolling stock Alstom has won EUR 650 million contract from SJ to supply 25 Zefiro Express high-speed electric trains.
The contract also includes an option to deliver an additional 15 trains.
Zefiro Express high-speed electric trains are expected to be delivered in 2026.
Designed to run in severe weather conditions, even at temperatures below -40C, Zefiro Express trains can run at a top speed of 250 km / h.
The Zefiro Express trains have 363 seats and consist of carriage widths, electrical systems and signaling systems that support operations in both Sweden and Denmark. In addition, the trains will be certified for traffic in Norway.
Alstom Nordic’s CEO Rob Whyte said: “Alstom is extremely proud to deliver these new high-speed trains to SJ.
“This is a historic agreement that will change the way passengers travel across the country. Concerned about climate change, high-speed trains are the primary alternative to air travel. It is convenient, comfortable and now very fast.”
Zefiro Express is part of Alstom’s Avelia platform.
Meanwhile, Alstom collaborated with Engie to replace diesel locomotives with hydrogen versions for European rail freight.
As part of the agreement, Alstom will develop a hydrogen solution based on a powerful fuel cell system, which can operate electric locomotives on non-electrified lines.
Engie will supply the renewable hydrogen for this solution by implementing an “innovative” supply chain.
Alstom’s Chief Strategy Officer Raphaël Bernardelli said: “Our ambition is to accelerate the introduction of hydrogen power in the railway industry by developing innovative solutions that help green heavy mobility operations such as rail freight.”