Only ten months after the presentation of the first wagon in Savigliano, manufacturer Alstom an open-access operator ntv jointly inaugurated the first of twelve ‘Pendolino Evo’ high speed EMUs. The ceremony was held during the Expo Ferroviaria exhibition in Milan last week. Amongst the attendees were Graziano Delrio, Minister of Infrastructure and Transport of Italy, Luca di Montezemolo, Chairman of NTV and Flavio Cattaneo, CEO of the company.
NTV expects to put the first Pendolino EVO trains into service in December 2017. With the twelve new ones, NTV will have a fleet of 37 high speed trains. Compared to other Alstom Pendolino designs, the new NTV version has a different front design that ‘ensures a high level of aerodynamics and safety for the driver’. The new design makes the Pendolino EVO fully compatible with the 2014 TSI regulations established by the European Union.
We noted that, compared to the original design renders, the head lights’ shape has slightly changed and a larger area is now painted black, which in our opinion does not improve the elegance of the design.
The Pendolino EVO is being produced at Alstom’s sites in Italy. The Savigliano site is responsible for the design and the manufacturing of the trains. The other sites involved are: Sesto San Giovanni (Milan) for the design and production of the traction systems, and Bologna for the signalling systems. The maintenance work will be carried out at the site in Nola (Naples).
These new trains will allow NTV to increase the number of trains on the current lines of its network. Rome – Milan will soon be connected by 50 working daily (now 40) – i.e. one train every half an hour – with an increase in non-stop trains from 15 to 20. Daily services from/to Venice will be doubled, from the current 8 to 16. In 2018 NTV wants to start on the route Turin – Venice.
NTV also released a video of David Campione of Ferrovie.it carefully explaining the new Pendolino EVO. Enjoy: