In Västerås, known as the electricity capital of Sweden, we contribute to substantial mobility research and development. Västerås is also home to our main Swedish site where we have three facilities: A development and project office, a propulsion and control equipment production site and a service operations facility.
The ground-breaking MITRAC TC1500 propulsion solution was designed and built in Sweden. This energy-saving MITRAC traction converter 1500 with silicon carbide technology completed successful trials on a MOVIA C20 train on the Stockholm Metro’s Green line in 2018.
Results showed up to 35 per cent reduction in energy consumption, 19 dB lower noise emissions, a 51 per cent reduction in size and 22 per cent less weight for the propulsion system.
Bombardier and its partners - Stockholm County Council, MTR Tech, the Swedish Energy Agency, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and RISE / Acreo – first presented the successful results of – and work is ongoing to commercialize this innovative solution.
To compete with planes, trains need to provide fast, safe, comfortable and eco-friendly regional service that connect cities over longer distances. That’s why in 2018 regional rail operator
With ridership more than doubling since Västtrafik's founding in 1998, demand for high-speed rail connections are growing and today this operator is being challenged to reach 135,000 journeys per-day in the region.
These sleek and sustainable new trains will respond to increasing ridership while delivering a sustainable and enjoyable ride.
With its attractive Nordic design and reduced energy requirements, Västra Götaland's ZEFIRO Express will help deliver the sustainable mobility lifestyle that the Västra Götaland
region demands today - and for many years to come.
In a region where efficiency and sustainability are the norm, trains need to also offer a premium passenger experience. That’s why with a typical Nordic eye for design, Sweden's new mobility offerings are presenting a viable alternative to airplanes by delivering a new and improved passenger experience in addition to more sustanable performance.
In June 2019, our ZEFIRO Express high-speed train for Sweden’s Västra
Götaland region won the Brandenburg Design Award for its exterior and interior design, and then six months later, it earned a GOOD DESIGN® award 2019 for its clear Scandinavian Design language - elegance, restrained colours and functionality.
A special challnge facing the ZEFIRO Express design team was considering the region's harsh winter conditions with temperatures down to minus 40 degree Celsius and heavy snow as well as the danger of collisions with elks. Those facts led to a very distinct front-end appearance that still fulfils all requirements for aerodynamics and European standards.
And the ZEFIRO Express high-speed trains aren't the only one of our eco-friendly mobility solutions for Sweden to have won a prestigious design award. We also in 2017. The award recognized how we incorporated Scandinavian design
into the new metro vehicles.