German Railway Office (EBA) approved Alstom’s Coradia iLint train for passenger service in the country, the homologation certificate being presented on July 11. Following this approval granted by EBA, the two Coradia iLint prototypes will enter pilot operation in the Elbe-Weser network. Passenger service is scheduled for late summer.
“With the approval of the German Railway Office (EBA), we are sending the first passenger train with fuel cell technology onto the tracks. This is a strong sign of the mobility of the future. Hydrogen is a true low-emission and efficient alternative to diesel,” Enak Ferlemann, the German Federal Government’s authorised delegate for rail transport said.
Coradia iLint is the world’s first passenger train powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, which produces electrical power for traction. This zero-emission train emits low levels of noise, with exhaust being only steam and condensed water.
In November 2017, Alstom and the local transport authority of Lower Saxony (LNVG) signed a contract for the delivery of 14 hydrogen fuel cell trains, along with 30 years of maintenance and energy supply.
The 14 trains will be produced by Alstom and will enter services starting December 2021 on railway routes between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude.