Chinese firm to produce low-carbon subway trains for India

Updated: 2010-06-23 11:29
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CHANGSHA - A Chinese manufacturer has won a deal to produce five environment-friendly subway trains for India, the company's spokesman said Tuesday.

Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co Ltd of China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Corporation Limited (CSR), China's main rail vehicles manufacturer, signed the contract with representatives of Siemens, the contractor of a subway project in New Delhi, on Monday in Zhuzhou city, Hunan province, said Han Jun, publicity director of the Chinese company.

Under the deal, the Chinese supplier would hand over the first train in November 2011, and the other four trains were expected to be finished before March 2012, said Han.

The trains would go into service on the route linking New Delhi and satellite city Gurgaon.

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The trains, each with three carriages, were exclusively developed by China and designed to be energy-saving with less noise and electromagnetic emissions, he said.

However, he refused to reveal the value of the deal, saying it was a commercial secret.

Han said each train, which could transport up to 1,010 people at the speed of 80 km/h, could save up to 20,000 kwh a year based on advanced electric and material techniques compared with traditional trains.

The Chinese company has sold its vehicle products to central Asia and Middle East. So far, it has produced vehicles worth $500 million for overseas customers. By the end of 2009, the company has received rail vehicle orders worth $30 billion, according to its official website.