Toshiba to supply electric locomotives to operate in Taiwan
The Bank of Taiwan has awarded Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation (TISS) an order worth approximately 40 billion yen to deliver 68 electric locomotives to the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA).
The Taiwan Railway Administration will receive electric locomotives from Toshiba
Designed to be capable of hauling both passenger and freight trains, the electric locomotives will be operated by TRA and will mainly be used for express passenger train services connecting the major cities in Taiwan. TRA will introduce new electric locomotives for the first time since 1992, and this is the first time that TRA will procure complete electric locomotives manufactured in Japan.
TISS will manufacture the electric locomotives at the Fuchu Complex and are expected to be delivered successively, starting in 2022.
In 2000, TISS delivered electrical equipment for the commuter train EMU600 series of TRA and has delivered electrical equipment for more than 700 cars to TRA since then. In 2018, TISS received an order for traction system electrical equipment for 520 cars of new commuter EMUs of TRA that will commence commercial operation at the end of 2020. In addition, TISS has continually delivered electrical equipment for rolling stock, wayside traction power supply systems, traffic control systems, etc. to Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation since the commencement of revenue service. TISS was awarded a contract for new electric locomotives receiving recognition for its extensive experience in the Taiwanese market and for its supply record over the years of locomotives in Japan.
In 2015, the TRA announced a 10-year plan to invest 100 billion Taiwan dollars (approximately 360 billion yen) in purchasing approximately 1,300 new rolling stock units and is currently in the process of carrying out that plan.