VADO LIGURE, Italy—Bombardier Transportation has pulled the cover off its latest very high speed train as it approaches its 2015 in-service launch.
The newest member of Bombardier’s ZEFIRO family of high-speed trains, the V300ZEFIRO is an eight-car, 485-passenger Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU) that will run in eastern Italy.
The fastest train in Europe, the V300ZEFIRO—also known as the Frecciarossa 1000—is capable of reaching commercial speeds of up to 360 km/h, according to the Montreal-based transportation giant.
During test runs the train will reach speeds in excess of 400 km/h.
This first train unit will now begin test runs on the rail line between Genoa and Savona, a 56-kilometre route along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, which is connected to the Bombardier Vado Ligure site.
According to Bombardier, the V300ZEFIRO, built with consortium partner AnsaldoBreda, is fully interoperable and will provide cross-border services, taking passengers to other European countries without the need to change trains.
It could also be adapted for use on networks in many other countries.
Regular passenger service is expected for early 2015.