Alstom has won a €500m ($557.3m) contract to supply the “world’s largest fleet of fuel cell trains” to the Fahma rolling stock subsidiary of Rhine-Main transport authority RMV.
The French manufacturer said it will deliver 27 Coradia iLint’s by 2022. The fuel cell trains will replace the existing diesel-powered trains in Hesse, Germany.
The order also includes the supply of hydrogen, which Alstom will provide in cooperation with Infraserv, and 25 years of maintenance. The filling station will be located on the premises of the Höchst industrial park.
“This award sets two records: With the commissioning of the new vehicles in 2022, RMV will have the world’s largest fleet of fuel cell trains in passenger transport and it is the largest order in the history of our subsidiary fahma,” said RMV Managing Director Prof. Knut Ringat.
“After electrically powered trains, electric buses and hydrogen buses, we are now offering our passengers a further opportunity to travel without emissions. This milestone makes me proud and is a giant step towards a mobility without pollutants.”
Dr. Jörg Nikutta, Managing Director of Alstom in Germany and Austria, added, “This new success, coupled with Coradia iLint’s previous success, demonstrates how trendsetting and sustainable transportation is already a reality.”