Renfe Larga Distancia ordered 90 powerheads from the consortium Talgo-Bombardier Transportation in April 2004 and September 2005. The Renfe S-130 electric powerheads with speeds of up to 250 km/h are the ideal complement to the existing fleet of very high speed passenger trains in Spain. The electric powerhead can operate under two voltages and on two track gauges. With these powerheads, neither locomotives nor bogies need to be changed at the borders of 3 kV DC and 25 kV AC networks or when Iberian (1,668 mm) and standard gauge (1,435 mm) tracks meet.
The powerheads are fitted both with wheel disk brakes and with regenerative and rheostatic brakes. Traction motors and gearboxes are fully suspended in the variable gauge bogies. The new powerheads comply with all standards, such as TSI and TCN, and are fitted with conventional and ETCS train protection systems. To ensure effective servicing and maintenance, the powerheads have remote wire-less diagnostics systems.