LISBON:: The first batch of 18-set metro trains made by a Chinese enterprise was delivered to Portugal on Saturday, marking the first-ever delivery of made-in-China metro trains to an EU country, the company told the Global Times on Sunday.

The train meets the expectations of the public in terms of comfort, safety, and convenience, and will elevate the traveling experience of local people, Portuguese Minister of Environment and Climate Action Duarte Cordeiro was quoted in the statement.

Cordeiro said in an interview with Xinhua that “it is an example of a train that is adapted to Porto Metro’s assessments among passengers and workers,” after visiting the train cab and trying the seats.

The train was made by CRRC Tangshan and delivered to Porto Metro. Portugal is the first EU country to purchase made-in-China metro trains.

Chinese Ambassador to Portugal Zhao Bentang was quoted by the CRRC statement as saying that the delivery of the trains demonstrates the strategic partnership between China and Portugal and the potential of higher-level bilateral cooperation, Zhao was quoted in the statement.

The first train will start operation in May, and all the trains will be delivered by the end of September after trials and tests, per Xinhua.

The adoption of digital technology will lower the production costs of the vehicles while making them smarter, more environmentally friendly, and more comfortable, Tan Mu, general manager of CRRC Tangshan, said in the statement.

The statement noted that the new-generation metro train jointly designed by CRRC Tangshan and Porto Metro company has the characteristics of lightweight, low energy consumption, and more digital intelligence, in accordance with European standards.

The trains have a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour and a capacity to carry 244 passengers, of whom 64 are seated, according to Xinhua. The Porto metro network will have 120 cars, counting these new carriages, Xinhua reported.

In October 2022, the first batch of China-produced metro trains was shipped to Portugal through North China’s Tianjin port.

  • Global Times / News Agencies

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