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Hitachi Rail completes acquisition of Bombardier Transportation’s contribution to the ETR 1000 high-speed train platform from Alstom

  • Hitachi Rail jointly manufactured the train and has now acquired the business activities related to Bombardier Transportation's contribution.
  • Hitachi is currently jointly manufacturing the ILSA fleet (partnered with Trenitalia) to serve passengers across Spain, building on the success of the ETR 1000 in Italy, where it is known as the Frecciarossa 1000.
  • Acquisition is part of Alstom’s commitments to the European Commission in relation to its acquisition of Bombardier Transportation.
  • Formerly referred to as the V300 ZEFIRO, the platform is now called the ETR 1000.

Hitachi Rail today confirmed that it has successfully closed the acquisition from Alstom of intellectual property rights and business activities related to Bombardier Transportation’s contribution to the ETR 1000 high-speed trains operating in Italy, France and Spain.

The transaction is part of Alstom’s commitments to the European Commission in relation to Alstom’s acquisition of Bombardier Transportation.

The ETR 1000 trains are the fastest, most sustainable and quietest in Europe, and are known as the Frecciarossa 1000, operated in Italy and France by Trenitalia and, within 2022, in Spain by ILSA (partnered with Trenitalia). The acquisition will mean that Hitachi Rail is now responsible for a portion of the IP and the whole maintenance contracts for the high-speed trains.

The successful close of the acquisition will allow Hitachi Rail to fully support its customers as the iconic very high-speed train increases its reach across European high-speed rail networks. The acquisition will also reinforce the strength of the Hitachi Rail’s Service and Maintenance activities.

Luca D’Aquila, Chief Operating Officer, Hitachi Rail said: “This is an important milestone for Hitachi Rail as we build on our global leadership in very high-speed train technology. With the successful introduction of the ETR 1000 in France and, within 2022, in Spain we are entering an exciting new phase for this market which can have a significant impact on the economic, decarbonisation and mobility strategies across the continent.

“Today’s acquisition will enable us to support our customers to continue to grow high-speed rail travel across Europe. Our mission is to enable more seamless and sustainable journeys that encourage more passengers onto the railways.”

Decarbonisation Impact

Italy is a densely populated country and has made a long-term commitment to forge high-speed rail infrastructure across the country, investing €32 billion over 10 years.

The ETR 1000 has helped Italy to significantly decarbonise its transportation sector by driving a modal shift away from planes and cars and towards lower emission rail.

Between 2009 and 2019, 350 million people have travelled on Trenitalia’s high-speed services.


The ETR 1000 design and manufacturing leads the way in environmental sustainability for high speed rail, by using 95% renewable materials.

Advanced technology for more seamless passenger experience

Since their introduction in Italy in 2015, these high-speed trains Frecciarossa 1000 have set enviable standards of performance, operating efficiency and passenger comfort.

The ETR 1000 sets are used by Trenitalia on its core high-speed service connecting cities including Salerno, Naples, Rome, Florence, Bologna, Venice, Milan and Turin.

The trains are operable on high-speed rail networks equipped with multi-voltage technology fulfilling all TSI requirements.

Each ETR 1000 train is around 200 metres long with capacity for around 460 passengers and capable of commercial speeds of up to 360 kph. State-of-the-art aerodynamics and energy saving technologies give the train unmatched operating efficiency. Once onboard, passengers can enjoy WiFi, a bistro area and high levels of comfort in all classes.

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About Hitachi Rail: Hitachi Rail is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling, service & maintenance, digital technology and turnkey solutions. With a presence in 38 countries across six continents and over 12,000 employees, our mission is to contribute to society through the continuous development of superior rail transport solutions. We are proud of our global achievements, from our world ­famous ‘bullet trains’, to our signalling solutions and turnkey projects, state­-of-the-art traffic management and digital solutions. Drawing on the wider Hitachi Group’s market-leading technology and research-and-development capabilities, we strive for industry leading innovations and solutions that can deliver value for customers and sustainable railway systems that benefit wider society. For information about Hitachi Rail, visit www.hitachirail.com

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