Alstom’s Avelia Horizon high-speed train wins prestigious design award
The German Design Award recognises the Avelia Horizon train’s fusion of natural aesthetics with very high-speed mobility engineering, whilst delivering exceptional passenger experience.
Alstom’s Avelia Horizon very high-speed train has received the prestigious German Design Award – the official design award presented by the German Design Council (Rat für Formgebung) and the German Ministry for Economics and Technology.
The award recognised the Avelia Horizon’s successful marriage of advanced engineering and strong sustainability focus with inspiring organic contours and an interior design that delivers a truly exceptional passenger experience.
Laurent Jarsalé, Vice-President of Mainline Platform at Alstom, said: “The Avelia Horizon very high-speed train is Alstom’s latest iteration in a long series of successful high-speed train projects. This award-winning design is the result of close co-operation between our talented engineering, passenger experience, and eco-design, and style teams that each strove to optimise the existing Avelia platform into a striking design that illustrates a fusion of natural aesthetics with environmentally-focused, very high-speed mobility.”
The Avelia Horizon has a top operating speed of 350km/h and can carry up to 740 passengers per trainset.
For the project, Alstom strove to emphasise a sense of nostalgia reminiscent of the rail manufacturer’s first very high-speed trains, which leveraged the use of large panoramic windscreens to express the essence of high-speed rail travel. To communicate this, designers created, or enhanced, a series of unique design elements such as implementing aerodynamic improvements to the nose to reinforce the train’s sensation of velocity and closely merging the front windscreen and lateral windows to reinforce an elegant, aerodynamic essence. Lengthening the longitudinal stretch of the headlights also helped further evoke feelings of acceleration and momentum.
Inside, equal attention was given to the passenger experience. All windows were enlarged to offer an even closer connection to the exterior landscape, while the choice of smooth shapes and plush material for interior fixtures seeks to create an embracing atmosphere of comfort that leaves passengers with a sensation of inclusivity and safety.
Perhaps equally important to receiving the design award was the close attention placed on meeting sustainability and efficiency goals. The Avelia Horizon addresses ambitious goals in terms of competitiveness of the rail sector and profitability: maintenance costs will be more than 30 per cent lower and thanks to its aerodynamic design and a more efficient traction drive, Avelia Horizon will consume 20 per cent less energy compared to the previous generation and achieve the lowest total cost of ownership per seat on the market for a train of its type.
Electric/Hybrid Rolling Stock, High-Speed Rail, Operational Performance, Passenger Experience/Satisfaction, Rolling Stock Components (Interior/Exterior), Rolling Stock Orders/Developments, Safety, Sustainability/Decarbonisation