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Avril: the new-age high-speed train for Spain

Thirty units of this recently designed model, featuring variable-gauge running gear and 300 km/h operating speed, will soon join the rail fleet of the Spanish operator Renfe. The aforementioned characteristics make this train especially versatile and capable of delivering high speed to almost every corner of the country, while, due to a 3+2 seat arrangement, a standard unit can carry over 600 passengers at a time. The new Avril is a synonym of maximized passenger capacity and environmental sustainability, the latter owed to its light weight.

In 2016, Renfe announced an international tender for the construction of 15 very high-speed trains to operate commercially at 330 km/h and their maintenance during 30 years. In this open, competitive bidding Talgo became undisputed winner.  The initial scope was later extended to include another 15 trains, ending up with a total of 30 state-of-the-art units to deliver to Renfe.

Half of these trains are designed with automatic dual-gauge running gear and multi-voltage supply systems, which will allow them to run practically throughout the entire national railway network, improving the commercial offer available and reducing travel times. Also, another 10 trains will be prepared to operate in France.

Increased passenger capacity for maximum efficiency

One of the goals of the Avril project is to efficiently transport as many passengers as possible. Its 3+2 seating arrangement in Tourist class cars has become possible due to an optimum adjustment of the vehicles to the permissible loading gauge: the number of seats is increased without reducing the individual passenger space available in the wider trains of other manufacturers.

All-track train

Avril is versatility. For the first time, Talgo is implementing its automatic variable-gauge technology in trains with operational speed of over 300 km/h, so far available only on rolling stock of up to 250 km/h.

Clean Technology for a zero-emissions today

Compared to analogues, Avril´s energy consumption is at least 30% lower, due to the extremely light weight. This feature also provides for faster acceleration and braking with the resultant shorter stopping distance and considerable increase of time operated at maximum speed.

Fully accessible train

Similarly to the rest of Talgo trains, the new development features a unique single-axle running gear with a yoke-shaped frame, allowing to design cars with the floor same height as platform and no internal barriers through the entire train. This provides enhanced autonomy to Persons with Reduced Mobility (PRM) who can access Talgo trains unaided, without having to go up and down the stairs.

High-speed and cost-efficient.

The new Avril for Renfe is expected to yield high returns thanks to a whole array of unique characteristics: increased passenger capacity obtained by a 3+2 seat arrangement will provide for a more efficient use of available space, while a high availability ratio of 99,09% will guarantee that the train remains operational during almost its entire service life.