LONDON – Hitachi Ltd. said Thursday it was selected to deliver 234 train cars to Dutch railway operator Abellio for an undisclosed sum, with delivery expected by 2017.
The Japanese supplier has been chosen as the Dutch company’s preferred bidder for the contract, which also includes long-term servicing.
This will be the first order for the AT-200, a model that Hitachi designed in order to meet a broad range of requirements for different railway companies.
The contract will be signed by the end of October. Abellio is expected to introduce the cars on lines it operates in Scotland.
Hitachi has been stepping up marketing of this model overseas, especially in Europe. The cars have a lightweight aluminum body, reduced components and a 35-year service life.
The cars will be built mainly at a factory that’s under construction in Durham, England. However, some units will be manufactured initially at Hitachi’s Kasado plant in Kudamatsu, Yamaguchi Prefecture, according to the company.