Alstom won a tender launched by Fahrzeugmanagement Region Frankfurt RheinMain GmbH (fahma), a subsidiary of RMV, for the supply of 27 fuel cell trains.
The Coradia iLint trains will be delivered in 2022. EUR 500 million is the value of the contract, with Alstom’s share amounting EUR 360 million.
The order also includes the supply of hydrogen, maintenance and the provision of reserve capacities for the next 25 years. Alstom offers the supply of hydrogen in cooperation with Infraserv GmbH & Co. Höchst KG, with the filling station being located on the premises of the Höchst industrial park.
The new fuel cell trains will replace the existing diesel-powered trains on three railway lines: RB11 (Frankfurt-Höchst – Bad Soden), RB12 (Frankfurt – Königstein), RB15 (Frankfurt – Bad Homburg – Brandoberndorf) and RB16 (Friedrichsdorf – Friedberg).
“The purchase of 27 vehicles is a lighthouse project for fuel cell mobility, about which I’m very pleased. The federal government supports this investment in climate-friendly mobility by assuming 40 percent of the additional vehicle costs incurred in comparison to diesel vehicles, as well as by providing proportional support for the hydrogen filling station. The project can serve as a model for the German transport ministry. We hope that many other projects in Germany will follow this example,” said Enak Ferlemann, Parliamentary State Secretary of the German Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.
With this order, RMV will have the world’s largest fleet of fuel cell trains in passenger transport and it is the largest order in fahma history.