Rotem wins contract for Taiwanese light rail cars

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Rotem wins contract for Taiwanese light rail cars

Hyundai Rotem won a 542.4 billion won ($485.76 million) order to supply 80 driverless light rail cars and related railway systems to Taiwan, the company said Tuesday.

The order was placed by the city of Taoyuan in Taiwan, which hopes to use the cars on its new route connecting the city’s downtown with Taoyuan International Airport. The new route is scheduled to launch by 2025.

The vehicles will be manufactured at Hyundai Rotem’s plant in Changwon, South Gyeongsang. The new trains will be fitted with the Korean company’s train control and management system, which provides automatic analyses of train statuses to operators and adjusts headlamps and lighting inside trains automatically based on natural light to increase energy efficiency.

Earlier this month, Hyundai Rotem won a contract worth 909.8 billion won to build 520 electric rail cars for the Taiwan Railways Administration, the company’s first order from Taiwan in 19 years.

By Kim Jee-hee
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