The AVE is a commercial passenger rail transport service provided by Renfe, using trains that can travel at 300 km/h, with a cafeteria and restaurant service and different spaces of comfort.
AVE is also a trademark registered by Renfe with the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office, with a European Certificate of Registration issued by the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
However, in popular, journalistic and even political language, it is often used as a generic term both for trains (Spanish or foreign) and for infrastructures. In this way, it is common to read and hear expressions such as "Construction of the AVE", "The AVE of the desert", "China is the country with the most kilometres of AVE", "AVE station" or even "Slow AVE". Almost inevitably, once other competitors launched on the Spanish market, people referred to the AVE offered by this operator or that.
This use represents the implicit recognition of this Renfe product, synonymous with reliability, quality, punctuality and good service, a service that has been renewing its visual identity since April 2022. AVE is considered a Renowned Trademark, giving it, on account of its degree of recognition amongst the general public, an additional level of legal protection.
Renfe is a member of the Forum of Renowned Brands of Spain, an institution that named Renfe AVE as an Ambassador of Marca España in 2013, on account of the international importance of the AVE brand.
So, use the term however you like, but remember: There is only one AVE.