ABB provides reliable power for China’s first rapid regional train

Supports the fast development of China’s rail transit and new urbanization with leading technologies

Shanghai, August 25, 2014 - The first Chinese rapid regional train equipped with ABB traction system was recently unveiled at Rail + Metro China 2014 in Shanghai.

China’s first rapid regional train
China’s first rapid regional train

The latest rapid regional train (RRT) was developed by CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., Ltd, and it can operate at speeds of up to 160 km/h. ABB provides the core equipment package for its traction system, including traction transformers, traction converters, traction motors and other related electrical equipment for the vehicles. Integrated by Qingdao Sifang Rolling Stock Research Institute Co., Ltd, the traction system provides strong and reliable power for the vehicle.

Inter-city rapid rail transit refers to the rail transit lines for passenger service within a metropolis. With a typical service range of less than 100km, the inter-city rapid rail vehicles boost mobility between cities and suburbs, central cities and satellite cities, and among key towns in suburbs. As China's urbanization rapidly develops, cities follows a multi-center or hub-and-spoke development trend; therefore, such a new mode of rail transit between intra-city rail and medium- and long-range Electric Multiple Units (EMU) perfectly fits the market needs.

One highlight of this inter-city rapid rail vehicle is the dual power supply system firstly developed in China, which enables automated switching between the 25KV (AC) network used for high speed EMUs and the 1.5KV (DC) network for metro trains. In this way, the vehicles can operate on almost all existing rails, and realize seamless transfer between different transit networks, winning recognition as an "all-purpose" train. ABB's globally leading hybrid traction technology is one of the key factors in delivering this functionality.

In China, ABB offers a complete range of smart technologies and solutions, from the infrastructure along the rails to the power systems for rail vehicles. To better serve Chinese customers, ABB joined hands with local partners to establish ABB Datong Traction Transformers Co., Ltd in 2005 and ABB Microunion Traction Equipment Limited in 2010. The two joint ventures focus on providing the Chinese market with leading traction equipment and solutions for rail vehicles, so as to support the fast development of China's rail transit and new urbanization efforts.

By the end of 2013, China's high speed railway exceeded 10,000km and the network of urban rail transit has surpassed 2,400 km. Along each of these lines across China, ABB's complete range of smart technologies and solutions for infrastructure and power systems help ensure millions of passengers can travel safely and conveniently every day.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 150,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 19,000 employees, 37 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 109 cities.


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