Design in motion
Eurostar unveiled its new state-of-the-art e320 train scheduled to enter commercial service at the end of 2015. With the external livery and interiors designed by Pininfarina, the new Eurostar train boasts many innovative features aimed at maximising energy efficiency and delivering an enhanced experience for travellers. Carrying 900 passengers, the e320 boosts capacity per train by 20% and is capable of reaching a speed of 320 kph (200 mph). According to a specification unique to Eurostar, Pininfarina was responsible for the design of the external livery and all the interiors of the e320 such as standard class seats, toilet, bar, Train Manager office and meeting rooms, vestibule, tables, partitions, luggage stacks.
This design draws on extensive passenger feedback and includes a number of innovative features that will create an exceptional travel experience for customers offering a contemporary, stylish environment in which passengers can work or relax. The introduction of the e320 represents a major advance for international high speed rail. Built to a bespoke specification these trains are ‘inter-operable’ with the ability to operate across diverse European signalling systems, opening up the potential for a whole range of new direct services between the UK and European city centre destinations.