Talgo was born in 1942 with its concept of an articulated light train with independent wheels; a train with a technology that was then considered revolutionary and completely different from what had been invented before. Talgo's technology was characterized by its lightness, low energy consumption, accessibility and passenger comfort, resistance and low maintenance costs.
Talgo keeps designing and manufacturing trains that are built on these concepts, such as the very high-speed train Talgo Avril, the German train of the future, the ICE L (Talgo 230), which will also be used by Danish Railways DSB, or the high-speed train that links Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.
Over its past eight decades of activity, Talgo has expanded internationally, building up and diversifying its portfolio. This has made the company a multinational which employs more than 2,600 people of 47 nationalities, reaching a large part of Europe, North America, the Middle East and Central Asia, with an industrial presence in Spain, Germany, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United States.
Talgo develops composite materials to reduce the weight of the wheelsets and other elements of rail vehicles by 50%. The company is also advancing in new traction technologies, such as the Vittal One train powered by green hydrogen, whose prototype TPH2 is currently undergoing dynamic tests and which is going to be deployed in collaboration with Repsol.