PARIS (AP) – French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday unveiled a mock-up of the next generation of greener very high-speed trains, known in France as TGV – four decades after the launch of the first TGV.
During a presentation at the Gare de Lyon in Paris, Macron highlighted the ecological aspect of the new train.
“This decade for the TGV will be about innovation,” Macron said, adding that France must “meet the challenge of moving by emitting less and promoting new forms of energy”.
Macron spoke in front of a full-size mock-up of the new TGV M. It will carry more passengers – 740 compared to the 600 on the current train – and is expected to enter service in 2024. It will also consume a fifth less electricity than the train current. model, while maintaining its top speed of 320 kilometers per hour (199 miles per hour).
The ceremony took place 40 years after another French president, François Mitterrand, launched his bold new bet in technology at the same station – the first TGV, or “Train a Grande Vitesse” (Very Fast Train).
With a line speed of over 270 km / h, according to the French railway company SNCF, this train has changed the face of modern train travel. It has since been emulated around the world, including recently in the highly anticipated UK project HS2.
Macron’s government has pledged 6.5 billion euros ($ 7.6 billion) in new investments this year to expand high-speed train lines, and the increase in train use is part of the his government’s strategy to reduce emissions.