Israel is in the middle of a multi-billion-dollar process to electrify the country’s 420-km (260-mile) railway system to reduce noise and pollution.
Israel Railways said it would take delivery of the locomotives in 2017 and that they were mainly for use on a new fast rail line between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The contract, which includes an option to buy 32 more units, is part of Israel’s extensive rail electrification programme.
The locomotives each have an output of 6 megawatts and will be able to pull up to eight double-decker carriages or 12 single carriages, containing 1,400 passengers, at speeds of up to 160 km per hour.
Bombardier, which has been supplying trains to Israel for more than a decade, beat out France’s Alstom and two Chinese companies, CSR and CNR, to win the deal, said Israel Railways, which is also holding a tender for 294 new electric double-decker carriages.
According to reports, Bombardier beat Alstom and the Chinese manufacturers CSR and CNR.