TAIWAN: Taiwan Railways Administration has selected Hyundai Rotem to supply 52 10-car electric multiple units for suburban services on the 1 067 mm gauge national network, the manufacturer announced on June 4.

The 908·9bn won contract marks the South Korean firm’s first order in Taiwan since 1999, and is part of the government’s eight-year railway investment plan. Deliveries from Rotem’s Changwon factory are due to be completed in 2024.

The 130 km/h EMUs will be fitted with USB sockets, and will have higher seats following passenger feedback. They will come with a five-year guarantee for major mechanical components.