Testing of Hyundai Rotem’s new EMUs for the São Paulo metro has begun.
The trains will be operated by CPTM on commuter lines 7 and 12 at first.
The project was signed off in 2013 and will see the South Korean manufacturer supply 30 eight-unit EMUs (240 in total) in what is its largest contract in Brazil. The trains are expected to be delivered by 2018.
Hyundai Rotem has manufactured the trains at its Changwon plant, South Korea, and Araraquara, Brazil, to follow the nation’s regulation that 60 per cent of production must be local. Car bodies were made at Changwon and the trains were tested and finished in Araraquara.
To minimise risk in real-time, the EMUs have had derailment detection sensors installed on their bogies and internal and external CCTV has also been fitted.
São Paulo state’s minister of transport Claude Aldo said the new trains will be more efficient and improve passenger convenience.
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