null Denmark confirms its confidence in Talgo intercity trains in its drive to de-carbonize the transport system

Talgo 230 DSB train - front view - cabcar

18 Apr 2023

Denmark confirms its confidence in Talgo intercity trains in its drive to de-carbonize the transport system

  • DSB has confirmed an additional order under the framework agreement signed back in 2020 for the supply of 8 additional Talgo 230 train formations and spare parts for their maintenance, for a total amount of 184 million euros
  • This additional order under the framework agreement will double the initial Talgo fleet with trains featuring a higher seating capacity than the original ones

State-owned railway company DSB (Danske Statsbaner) has placed an additional order with Talgo for the supply of 8 new Talgo 230 intercity trains, associated services and spare parts for their maintenance, subject to the corresponding approvals and the  approval of the financing by the Danish parliament. This second order has a value of 184 million euros and confirms the confidence DSB has in the technology and reliability of Talgo trains, under an ambitious decarbonisation drive of the transport system in Denmark and only three years after awarding Talgo the framework contract.

DSB has thus chosen to make a call-off under the framework agreement signed in early 2020 which has a maximum value of 500 million euros. The initial order under this agreement was for 8 train formations. Maintenance opportunities will be further discussed.

With a top commercial speed of 200 km/h, the trains will feature a larger width than standard cars which will allow for more generous interior space and higher passenger comfort while keeping full technical interoperability to serve not only domestic routes but also in international services, for example connecting Copenhagen (Denmark) and Hamburg (Germany).

Talgo 230 trains have the capability to reduce energy consumption by up to 30% as compared with the industry standard thanks to the unique rolling assembly technology of the Spanish company and its lightweight passenger coaches.

With the additional Talgo trains, rail transport will thus further enhance its already prominent sustainability profile in Denmark, a country which has committed to drastically reduce its carbon emissions by a 70% below 1990 levels before 2030, and to become carbon neutral no later than 2050.

About Talgo 230

The Talgo 230 platform is based on the same technological foundations that have established the Spanish train producer’s intercity trains as an international reference. They are light vehicles boasting independently rotating, self-guided rolling assemblies, able to maximize capacity and which can mount natural tilting systems and/or automatic track-gauge changing systems. 

They are also highly scalable: Acquired as conventional trains, they can be easily and inexpensively upgraded into true very high-speed trains for commercial top speeds of 300km/h – as Talgo is currently doing for the Spanish state-run company Renfe.

The Talgo 230 platform was also selected by the German federal operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) in 2019 with a framework agreement for the manufacture of up to 100 trains, with an initial firm order of 23 units, the first ones being at an advanced stage of construction. The German company will initially use them both for domestic links and over the Berlin-Amsterdam route (Germany-Netherlands).

About Talgo

Talgo is a leading company in the design, manufacture and maintenance of high-speed, light trains with a manufacturing presence, among other countries, in Spain, Germany, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United States. The Company is recognized worldwide for its innovative capabilities, unique and distinctive technology, and reliability. Talgo is Renfe’s main supplier of high-speed and very high-speed trains and the supplier of trains in the “Haramain” high-speed railway line project between Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. Talgo is also the manufacturer chosen by the German operator Deutsche Bahn and the Danish operator DSB.

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