Alstom and Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV) – Europe’s first private high-speed train operator – have revealed the first of 12 new Pendolinos for the operator’s high-speed service, Italo.
NTV president Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said it is a moment of great pride for the company as only five years ago “Italo was a crazy idea”.
He added: “I remember well in December 2006 when, together with some friends, we decided to embark on this journey, looking back at what has been done, but with enthusiasm I look at the future of great development that we are facing.
“The company is ready to face new challenges and will take on all the opportunities that will be present in Italy and abroad.”
The first four trains will enter service in December 2017, allowing NTV to increase frequencies on the existing sections of its network by 50 per cent.
The Pendolino Italos can travel at speeds of up 250km/h, are 187m-long, consist of seven coaches and can accommodate 480 passengers.
The ruby red trains are made from recyclable materials and also feature regenerative braking, leather armchairs and USB ports.
They have been designed and manufactured at Alstom sites in Savigliano, Sesto San Giovanni, Bologna and Nola. The trains will be serviced for thirty years.
Once the homologation process is completed, the trains will enter commercial service.