Alstom's Electric Trains lead Sustainable Growth in Perth

Alstom's AUD$1bn contract for unit C-Series electric trains will ensure commuters in Perth can enjoy a clean & punctual commute, as e-trains gather speed

Alstom has delivered the first Electric Multiple Unit C-Series train, as part of the Western Australian Government’s METRONET Railcar Programme, for passengers in Perth.

Alstom was awarded a AUD$1.3bn (US$848m) contract for the design, supply, manufacturing and testing of 41 6-car electric trains, as well as two 3-car diesel trains. Each train can carry 1,200 passengers and includes three double passenger doors per side of each car, for a more enjoyable commute. 


Alstom’s electric trains support Perth to grow sustainably 

The coastal city of Perth sits on the edge of Australia, the world’s sixth largest country. Since the 1880s, its train service has been sending Australians, intrepid travellers and products, from coal to fruit, on their way around the country. 

Now, Perth welcomes electric trains with the Unit C-Series. 

The C-Series train, manufactured by Alstom at METRONET’s Bellevue manufacturing site, has utilised the latest railway technology, to build one of the most technologically advanced train manufacturing sites in Australia.

“The first train in passenger service is a special moment created through years of trusted partnership with the Western Australian Government showcasing the global expertise and local knowhow that we have here at Alstom,” said Pascal Dupond, Managing Director of Alstom Australia and New Zealand.

Perth’s rail network is a part of Alstom’s commuter rail portfolio, designed to support cities and suburban areas all over the world to grow sustainably and reduce traffic congestion.

Electric trains in Australia

Electric transport by land and sea in Australia

Elsewhere in Australia, there is also a push behind electric boats. Genevo Marine has worked in partnership with Deakin University on its first electric boat model, the E8, an 8.2-metre, luxury motor yacht. 

“The E8 will not only rival the growing number of electric peers with regards to blistering performance, but the E8 will be the first boat to be manufactured with recycled aerospace carbon fibre,” said Genevo Marine Co-Founder Damon Rahmate. “Genevo is working closely with Deakin University in Australia to develop and test a proprietary composite material using recycled aerospace carbon fibre.”

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Yet electric trains are sprouting up all across the world. As previously reported by EV magazine, Siemens Mobility has founded a subsidiary, Smart Train Lease GmbH, to allow customers to add battery, hydrogen and electric multiple-unit Mireo Smart trains to their fleets. These trains are based in Germany and will provide an economical alternative for regions that want to offer locals more forms of sustainable conveyance and are built to meet the standards for modern regional passenger transport.

“Rail operators today are looking for more flexible and quickly available offers as new technologies further increase sustainability in rail transport,” said Albrecht Neumann, CEO Rolling Stock at Siemens Mobility. “By founding Smart Train Lease GmbH, we’ve created an innovative rental model for highly standardised regional trains.”


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