The first hydrogen powered passenger train made by Alstom will be unveiled in Germany in March next year and build a foothold in Europe.
Carmen Schwabl, managing director of German railway operator lnvg, said commercial operation of the train will start in March next year after a long trial run on a 123 km track in Lower Saxony, Germany. The 14 coradia ilint passenger trains produced by Alstom will run on the branch line between Buxtehude outside Hamburg and Cuxhaven, a coastal town.
For five years, Alstom has been promoting fuel cell trains as an alternative to carbon emission diesel engines. In addition to the German project, the world’s second-largest railway equipment supplier won an order for a hydrogen electric double power train from French National Railway earlier this month, as well as other contracts in Germany and Italy.
Its competitor Siemens (85.01, – 0.24, – 0.28%) is also developing hydrogen powered trains. As emission regulations become more stringent, the European market is expected to grow to tens of billions of dollars in the next few years.