Renfe turns the AVE around with EVA, an economical version and, they say, “intelligent”.
Renfe has presented the “Intelligent High Speed” or EVA, a version that seems to want to adapt the AVE to the new times and that will start operating in 2019 between Madrid and Barcelona.
As revealed in EuropaPress, the Minister of Public Works, Íñigo de la Serna, presented the new ‘low cost’ variant of the AVE that will raise prices between 20 and 25% lower to the current ones and that it will be especially oriented to the young people.
Renfe faced with the challenge of comprehensive door-to-door travel
In the video of the announcement we can see how the new trains will have wagons with a design in which work tables (or leisure) are the norm: facing seats and a table in between to be able to work thanks to the ambition of having “100% connected” trains.
In fact, in the project, it is said that each train will have WiFi and a WhatsApp group to share transport at destination among travelers, and that it is also oriented to be sustainable and without the role being the protagonist: biometric identification could be the alternative to the traditional codes scanned on paper or, of course, on our mobiles.
Another element of this project is the “door to door” concept that will allow hiring the entire route from one end to the other.
Not only including the train ticket, but also the means of transport that we use to get to the destination: subway, bus, taxi, rental car – no specific service is mentioned – or more commuter trains, for example. This is what Renfe calls an “integrated ticket”.
Cheaper prices according to different scenarios
EVA also poses another difference compared to the traditional AVE, and that is its price, which could be significantly cheaper depending on the type of traveler with promotions and, for example, group discounts.
Renfe is also working on a mobile application that will allow obtaining all the information on the route, including places where the train passes making use of “augmented reality” —Here there is no data on its scope and requirements—, in addition to information on hotels and leisure activities at the destination.
Renfe’s idea is to also offer spaces for families or the so-called “cars of silence” in which users can dedicate themselves to work, study or rest with peace of mind.
Renfe is expected to launch this economic version of the current AVE “with an offer of five daily frequencies per direction and thus transport 1.05 million passengers annually “.
AVE will allocate three High Speed Talgo S102s to provide these services that will come into effect in the first quarter of 2019 and that will be managed from the El Prat de Llobregat station.
Although initially these routes can be enjoyed between Madrid and Barcelona, it is expected that in 2020 it is extended to other High Speed lines.