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Alstom has announced the formal completion of trial operation of two pre-series Coradia iLint hydrogen fuel cell multiple-units.
The units entered passenger service with Eisenbahnen und Verkehrsbetriebe Elbe-Weser in September 2018, since when they have successfully completed 530 days and more than 180 000 km of operation.
The roof-mounted hydrogen tanks give the 140 km/h units a range of around 1 000 km, sufficient for a day’s operation.
‘Our two pre-series trains have proven over the past year and a half that fuel cell technology can be used successfully in daily passenger service’, said Jörg Nikutta, Alstom Transport Deutschland’s Managing Director for Germany & Austria on May 19. He said that this was an important step on the way to emission-free and sustainable rail transport, and the trial had provided valuable data for the further development of the technology.
Niedersachsen’s Minister of Economics & Transport Dr Bernd Althusmann said the Land was ‘witnessing the first competitive product of hydrogen mobility at industrial level’, and the project’s importance for industrial policy ‘goes far beyond Germany’.
This article first appeared on www.railwaygazette.com
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