New 220mph ‘TGV of Tomorrow’ unveiled to launch in 2024 with ‘modular’ coaches and 5G Wi-Fi

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The ‘TGV of tomorrow’ has been unveiled in France – the new 350 km/h ‘TGV M’, which will debut in 2024.

French state railway company SNCF has placed an order for 2.7 billion euros (£2.3 billion/$2.7 billion) for 115 TGV Ms – which have a longer, more aerodynamic nose – with the first completed trainset recently presented in the workshop of manufacturer Alstom in La Rochelle .

Alstom said the 11,000 hp TGV M, also known as Avelia Horizon, has “unprecedented modularity” – carriages can be quickly reconfigured with more or fewer seats, so that a first-class carriage can become a second-class carriage and vice versa. In addition, bike racks and luggage compartments can be added or removed.

The ‘TGV of tomorrow’ has been unveiled in France – the new 350 km/h ‘TGV M’, to debut in 2024

Alstom said the 11,000 hp TGV M, also known as Avelia Horizon, has 'unprecedented modularity' - carriages can be quickly reconfigured with more or fewer seats

Alstom said the 11,000 hp TGV M, also known as Avelia Horizon, has ‘unprecedented modularity’ – carriages can be quickly reconfigured with more or fewer seats

The number of carriages in each set can also be adjusted, ‘according to the needs of the market’. Alstom revealed that the TGV M can operate with seven, eight or nine carriages, with a maximum of 740 seats compared to the current maximum of 634.

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Their accessibility has been greatly improved, continues Alstom, pointing out that the TGV M is the first to be designed from the outset in close collaboration with wheelchair user groups.

It added: ‘It will be the first TGV to offer completely independent access to the train. A rotating lifting platform allows wheelchair users to enter the train independently, up to the space reserved for them, and a sound system to locate the doors guides visually impaired people when boarding.’

All customers, meanwhile, will notice that the windows have been enlarged ‘for a panoramic view of the landscape’ and that the lighting adapts to the intensity of the incoming natural light.

There’s also a new food and drink experience thanks to a ‘completely redesigned’ bar.

What about internet and streaming? It must be super fast. SNCF described the TGV M as ‘hyper-connected’, with ‘5G Wi-Fi architecture’, and attendants are informed via an app about ‘the operational status of all elements contributing to customer comfort’.

French state rail operator SNCF has placed an order for 2.7 billion euros (£2.3 billion/$2.7 billion) for 115 TGV Ms which have a longer, more aerodynamic nose

French state railway company SNCF has placed an order for 2.7 billion euros (£2.3 billion/$2.7 billion) for 115 TGV Ms – which have a longer, more aerodynamic nose

WHAT DOES THE M MEAN IN TGV M?

SNCF created the name TGV M in reference to five words beginning with an M:

Modern

Mutualization

Mobility

mastering

Modularity

TGV M is the name given to the SNCF, while maker Alstom calls the product Avelia Horizon.

In addition, a computer gives the drivers operating instructions that change in real time according to the speed of the train and the profile of the route.

And sensors will “continuously transmit thousands of bits of data allowing the train to be viewed from every angle in real time” by engineers.

The TGV M is also better for the planet – 97 percent of the trainset components are recyclable and CO2 emissions from use are reduced by 32 percent, in part because it can tailor its power consumption to the number of passengers on board. ‘The CO2 footprint of the TGV M is the lowest on the market,’ says Alstom.

Alstom also explained that the train would be a better place to work for the drivers as they helped design the cab.

It read: ‘For the first time, drivers were involved in the design of the driver’s cab. Using virtual reality glasses, 100 drivers were given a virtual tour of the cabin, with a choice of three room designs. The comfort, space and ergonomics of the driver’s cab have received a lot of attention. Indirect lighting has been introduced and controls have been placed to facilitate work gestures.’

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The next big step is the ‘dynamic test phase’ at 200 km/h in Velim in the Czech Republic, by the end of 2022. ‘This opens the first chapter in a long test period for this high-speed train,’ Alstom said.

A total of 4,000 jobs will be generated by the TGV M project.

Christophe Fanichet, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SNCF Voyageurs, said: “With the TGV M, we have set our sights on the TGV of tomorrow. It will increasingly meet your expectations, with ever greater comfort, flexibility and accessibility – and it will meet the highest environmental standards.’

The TGV M is better for the planet ¿ 97 percent of trainset components are recyclable and CO2 emissions from use are reduced by 32 percent, in part because it can tailor its power consumption to the number of passengers on board

The TGV M is better for the planet – 97 percent of trainset components are recyclable and CO2 emissions from use are reduced by 32 percent, in part because power consumption can be adjusted according to the number of passengers on board

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