Energy-Efficient New Design: The Generation 15
On November 14, 2015, the first Suspension Train 01 of the new generation was presented to a crowd of 5,000. This was preceded by the development of a new design and a tender process for vehicle manufactures around Europe, a process which started in 2010 and included 31 new vehicles.
The Generation 15 is taking the traditional suspension train into entirely new territory: from a technical perspective, the designers of the new generation of vehicles have focused on energy efficiency and maximum safety. Through the use of three-phase asynchronous motors, this is the first time that the possibility of energy recovery during braking has been exploited. The operating voltage has been increased from 600 to 750 volts. In terms of safety, an entirely new train safety system has been installed: the ETCS.
In order to facilitate a reduction in the minimum cycle time from three minutes to two minutes in the future, the maximum speed has been increased to 65 km/h. The limiting factor is no longer the train itself, but the speed permitted on the line, which is only 60 km/h. The suspension trains have not just been significantly changed in terms of technology.
The color scheme of the interior of the trains has been modernized as well. While the seating distribution of the passenger compartment has remained the same, the color scheme now has more variation. Three different color variants have been developed: green, red and yellow. The floors and seat cushions represent the colored aspects, while the white side walls and gray handrails have a more subtle design. From the outside, by contrast, the suspension trains have changed relatively little compared to the articulated trains of Generation GTW 72. The new trains are painted pale blue and will differ from the previous ones in that they will no longer have advertising over the entire vehicle body.