Chinese train maker to produce new energy light rail for Jujuy, Argentina

CRRC Tangshan Co., Ltd., a major Chinese high-speed train maker, on Friday announced the signing of a new-energy light rail project with authorities in Argentina’s Jujuy province.

This is the first time that China’s new-energy light rail trains have been used by Argentina’s transportation system.

The six-axle articulated train runs at a maximum speed of 60 km/h and has a maximum capacity of 72 passengers. With cabins at both ends, it allows two-way driving, the company said.

The train will adopt lithium battery drive technology and make full use of Jujuy’s abundant solar energy resources to provide power source for the vehicle, while meeting the tourism needs of the province.

The company will cooperate closely with relevant teams in Jujuy on technical exchanges, personnel training and vehicle maintenance, said Tan Mu, general manager of the company.

Gerardo Morales, the governor of Jujuy, noted that the project will greatly contribute to the development of new light rail trains in Argentina and even in the rest of South America.

In 2015, the Chinese company’s metric gauge diesel multi-unit train rolled off the production line and was sent to Argentina by sea.

Jose P. Rogers