ABB Supports China’s First 100% Low-floor Light Rail Vehicle Exports

by swisscham in Engineering, Manufacturing

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced that it has provided leading traction systems for the five 100% low-floor light rail vehicles that CNR Tangshan Railway Vehicle Company (TRC) manufactured for Samsun, Turkey. These were the first 100% low-floor light rail vehicles to be exported by a Chinese car manufacturer. A low-floor light rail vehicle features a number of advantages, including low cost and flexible construction and low noise, offering an environmentally friendly, fast, and convenient passenger experience. Meanwhile, with a maximum capacity that is 6-8 times that of a bus, a low-floor light rail tram is recognized as not only a new vehicle for city tourism, but also a promising way to address urban traffic problems. Light rail vehicle tracks can be built on existing roads and the construction cost will be 1/4 to 1/3 that of metro lines. It is regarded as an advanced and green transport system. For the deal, ABB provided complete traction system solutions, including traction converters, train control&monitoring systems (TCMS), and traction motors. The traction system converts grid power to propulsion power and to auxiliary power for onboard equipment, and is recognized as a core technology for railway trains.

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