Aurélien Fleurot 7:16 a.m., April 15, 2022

SNCF will launch light and flexible trains.

A new offer to attract more travelers on the rails and to better adapt to local needs.

It is also a way of relaunching small lines with little traffic and opening up certain areas where the car is the only option.

Draisy, Flexy and TLI (for Innovative Light Train): these are the names of the regional trains of the future.

These models of a new kind, lighter, more modular can sometimes accommodate fewer passengers but more bicycles and goods... 

Stick to the needs of the regions

"Today a TER train has 220 seats, there, with the range of regional trains of the future, we will have between 100 and 30 seats. The objective is really to stick to the needs of the regions and to be able to adapt smaller trains but to have a higher frequency to have a better service provided to the customer", explains on Europe 1 Carole Desnost, innovation director of the SNCF group. 

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100% electric mini TER

Draisy will be mini TER trains, 100% electric with 150 km of autonomy, 80 seats, shuttle style for daily journeys.

Their launch is scheduled for 2027. They are intended to revitalize the lines of around one hundred kilometers that are currently underused.

They will offer a reception capacity adapted to the right need and a flexibility of use which will make them the ideal solution for operation on dedicated tracks.

And then Flexy, it will be a nine-seater autonomous vehicle, launched in 2024 with the particularity of being able to drive both on the rails and on the road, to meet the needs of the last kilometer around a station.

Interconnection with the main network can be provided at the stations located at the ends of the lines to allow Draisy passengers to continue their journey on the conventional rail network.