German transport authority Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen (LNVG) is to partner with rail transport company Alstom and Linde AG for the supply of 14 hydrogen (H2) fuel cell trains – and the prototype is expected to begin carrying passengers in early 2018.
The environmentally friendly trains will be deployed on Weser-Elbe network between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude.
LNVG has awarded the contract for 14 H2 trains, with the option of 33 more, to a consortium of Alstom and Linde AG. The company has chosen Alstom because it believes Alstom is currently the only company in the world to offer a fully developed emission-free power train with fuel cell drive that is fully-developed for passenger use.
Alstom presented its protype Coradia iLint in 2016 at InnoTrans, the railway industry’s largest trade fair. Powered by a H2 fuel cell, its only emission is steam and condensed water while operating with a low level of noise.
The France-based company is one of the world’s first railway vehicle manufacturers to have developed a passenger train using this technology.
Germany is set to host Alstom’s Coradia iLint, a new carbon dioxide (CO2) emission-free train that will eventually replace Europe’s many diesel-powered trains that are still in wide use, despite numerous electrification projects across the continent.
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