First images of revolutionary ‘TGV of the future’ revealed in France

The new trains will consume 20% less energy and carry 20% more passengers than current models

27 May 2021
The power car or nose of the new white modern TGV M. First images of revolutionary ‘TGV of the future’ revealed in France

The new trains will “revolutionise rail transport”, and make rail lines better connected and more eco-friendly, SNCF said Pic: SNCF / @SNCF / @AlstomFrance / Twitter

By Hannah Thompson

The first images of the new ‘revolutionary’ TGV power cars – or the ‘nose’ of the train – have been released by manufacturers Alstom from its factory in northeast France.

The new TGVs, dubbed ‘TGV M’ are set to begin operations in 2024, ready for the Olympic Games in Paris.

This week Alstom released the first images of the power cars of the new trains, from its factory in Belfort (Bourgogne-Franche-Comté). The modern, white design includes curved edges, and a large windscreen.

Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, president of Alstom France, told the AFP: “We worked on the aerodynamics, with a much more streamlined engine.”

This is the only piece of the design to have been revealed for now, with everything else – including the interior – still “confidential” for the moment, the company said.

In July 2018, rail company SNCF ordered 100 models of the new Alstom trains, at a cost of €2.7 billion. 

The new trains will “revolutionise rail transport”, and make rail lines better connected and more eco-friendly, SNCF said.

The new ‘fourth generation’ TGV trains will consume 20% less energy than current models, and reduce CO2 emissions by 32%.

They will also have capacity to carry 20% more passengers than current TGVs, with room for 740 people on board. The new trains will also have on-board Wi-Fi and 5G coverage.

The trains will be ‘modular’, and enable their configuration to be changed easily, including making the train shorter, changing the placement of the bar, or the configuration of the seats inside.

Alstom said: “We have not yet completely figured out the delivery speed.” The company has requested that the deliveries be extended to 2031, to save money due to the impact of the pandemic.

By 2031, once all deliveries have been completed, the new TGV M models will make up a third of high-speed trains used in France and beyond.

Christophe Fanichet, CEO of SNCF Voyageurs, said: “We are planning for this TGV to be able to travel across Europe.” It comes as SNCF recently launched its low-cost TGV Ouigo service in Spain, in direct competition with national firm Renfe.

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