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Propulsion: The one-stop shop for all train traction needs

Traction system, SATEE, Shanghai © Alstom / J. Gerard

Propulsion at a glance

  • Dedicated centre of excellence for propulsion
  • Worldwide footprint close to our customers
  • Tailored to operational requirements
  • A combination of innovation and experience
  • Efficiency, reliability and total cost of ownership

Alstom draws on its 50-year experience in designing and manufacturing propulsion systems and components for all brands of rolling stock irrespective of whether it is newly built or refurbished.

Latest proven technology

Rolling stock owners can count on Alstom’s permanent research and development capabilities, supported by its long-standing experience and feedback from the ground. Our propulsion solutions incorporate the latest semiconductor technology and benefit from our simulation tools and stringent validation procedures, ensuring that customers receive the latest proven technology to power both Alstom and non-Alstom trains.

A traction case of the Ottawa Citadis Spirit, Hornell, USA © Alstom / Earl Richardson
A traction case of the Ottawa Citadis Spirit, Hornell, USA © Alstom / Earl Richardson

Reliability first

Owners choose Alstom propulsion solution safe in the knowledge that they have a flexible, knowledgeable and experienced partner with a proven track record in rolling stock and propulsion technology. Complying with the latest safety standards, Alstom propulsion components offer high reliability, efficiency and maintainability for worry-free and cost-effective operations.

Suited to conditions

Our traction systems, available for all types of rail vehicles, from trams to locomotives and from regional to very-high-speed trains, are specifically designed for all types of traction and operating conditions. Whether it’s dealing with different voltage levels, catering to extreme temperatures or humidity levels, or fitting into specific spaces on vehicles for higher passenger capacity, our solutions are guaranteed to meet requirements. 


Alstom’s technology solutions are based on eco-design principles: low noise, energy efficiency (including, for example, regenerative braking) and low lifecycle costs. Also, in our continuous attempts to limit environmental impact, Alstom products are highly recyclable.

trams fitted with Alstom traction systems worldwide
metro cars with Alstom traction products
regional and high-speed trains equipped

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