By Joanna Sampson2018-05-04T14:07:00+01:00
Rail transport company Alstom has won the GreenTec Award 2018 in the category Mobility by Schaeffler for its Coradia iLint.
The German-based company was officially presented the award today at its largest production site, located in Salzgitter, Germany, during an advance award ceremony ahead of the GreenTec Awards gala to be held in Munich on May 13th.
The world’s first hydrogen fuel cell powered regional train emits no carbon and is capable of operating in near silence. It offers an alternative to diesel trains for operation on non-electrified railway lines, which currently make up more than 40 percent of the railway network in Germany. The train will enter regular service on the Cuxhaven-Bremervörde route during 2018.
“We are extremely pleased about winning this award. With the Coradia iLint, Alstom is the first railway manufacturer in the world to have produced completely emission-free technology ready for series production,” said Jörg Nikutta, Managing Director of Alstom in Germany and Austria. “Indeed, we have achieved more than this: an innovative mobility concept that is sustainable and competitive, and which includes not only the trains and service, but also the infrastructure necessary for fueling them.”
“The train of the future will be driven with hydrogen (H2) and will run completely emission-free” was the message from rail manufacturer Alstom, German transport authority Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen (LNVG) and Linde AG as they signed the contracts for the delivery of 14 fuel cell trains in Germany.
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