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Bombardier deliver the first Innovia Automated People Mover to China.

Posted by Emily O'Dowd on Jan 17, 2017

Rail technology leadbombardier-min.pnger Bombardier Transportation is celebrating the delivery of the first Bombardier Innovia automated people mover (APM) 300 vehicle to the city of Shanghai. The first of its type in China, the vehicle is from an order placed in June 2015 by Shanghai Shentong Metro Group for a turnkey APM system along with 44 Innovia APM 300 vehicles. The system will enter service later this year on Shanghai Metro’s Line 8 Phase 3 Project, a new 6.6 km, dual-lane elevated, driverless APM system that will connect the large residential district of Pujiangzhen to the Line 8 interchange at the Shendu Highway Station.

Jianwei Zhang, President of Bombardier China, said, "We are proud that our world leading Innovia APM 300 system will start operation on one of the most dynamic and important urban mass markets in the world. We greatly appreciate the tremendous effort from our team, and especially the trust and support from our long term strategic partner Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, which made it possible to deliver the APM on time, on quality and within budget. We are ready to make any needed support in the operation service and I am confident that we will see more Bombardier APM systems in Shanghai and other Chinese cities in the future." 

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Bombardier's ( @Bombardier ) longstanding relationship with China began more than 50 years ago and continues to strengthen today through investments in manufacturing, technology and people. A wide range of their rail transportation and aerospace products are currently in service in the Chinese market. They are actively involved in developing urban mass transit and advanced railway networks in the region. Including its joint ventures Bombardier currently employs more than 4,000 people in China. With offices located in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, Bombardier Transportation delivers its rail technology and broad portfolio to the Chinese. It covers a full spectrum of rail solutions, ranging from trains to sub-systems and signalling. The Innovia APM was was originally designed as a system that would serve the suburbs with an economic rapid transit service. It caters for a ridership which has greater capacity than a bus but less capacity than a subway. Innovia Metro systems run on the conventional lines but are powered by a linear introduction motor that provides traction by pulling on a fourth rail placed between the running rails.

bombarier 2.jpgThe driverless Innovia APM 300 system is Bombardier’s latest generation of highly-reliable APM technology. Its propulsion system allows it to operate at speeds up to 80 kmh while an advanced suspension and guidance system, coupled with rubber-tires, reduces noise and vibration to deliver an exceptionally smooth ride. Paired with the Bombardier Cityflo 650 CBTC system – an innovative communications-based train control technology – the INNOVIA APM 300 increases line’s capacity by safely reducing the time and distance needed between each vehicle traveling on the line. Bombardier has already supplied its Innovia APM 100 technology to China with one system in Beijing and another in Guangzhou. 

Bombardier has a long term strategic partnership with Shanghai Metro. To date, Bombardier and its joint ventures have delivered, or are in the process of delivering, 1,608 metro cars to Shanghai Metro, equipped with the Bombardiermitrac propulsion and auxiliary systems; and they are also responsible for the maintenance service of most of these metro cars.

Recognised as the most successful foreign rail transportation company in China, Bombardier has six joint ventures and seven wholly foreign-owned enterprises. Together, the joint ventures have delivered more than 3,500 high speed railway passenger cars, 560 of the world’s highest power freight electric locomotives and over 2,000 metro cars to China’s growing urban mass transit markets - all of which use Bombardier propulsion equipment. Bombardier propulsion equipment is also largely supplied to other third party metro car builders and are used in a total of 21 Chinese cities.


To discover what other developments are taking place in China, read:

China extend their rail freight service to London to boost trade opportunities.

600km/h! China eyes ambitious new maglev speed target.


Topics: urbanmobility

Emily O'Dowd

Written by Emily O'Dowd

On graduating with a degree in English Literature at Royal Holloway University of London, Emily joined the editorial team. When she isn't writing articles for the website or interviewing experts in the industry she enjoys reading, running and sailing.

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