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The Cheaper, Greener Future of France's High-Speed Trains

Take a look at the trains that will modernize France’s rail fleet and prepare the national provider to take on its first-ever competitors.
A rendering of Alstom's Avelia Horizon, also known as the TGV 2020.
A rendering of Alstom's Avelia Horizon, also known as the TGV 2020.Alstom

While high-speed trains are struggling to gain a foothold in some parts of the world (looking at you, California), France’s superfast rail services are looking at a very active, more competitive future.

Just this month, national carrier SNCF launched the prototype for a brand new TGV (Train a Grande Vitesse) model, which will be cheaper and require less energy than existing engines. Due to start service in 2023, these new trains will ultimately form part of an entirely new 100-train fleet.