Stadler o unveil its hydrogen train at InnoTrans

Flirt H2 multiple unit Stadler will present at InnoTrans 2022 seven vehicles featuring sustainable drive solutions including its new hydrogen-powered Flirt H2 multiple unit for acquired by an Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) in California. This is the first hydrogen-powered passenger train for the USA and is essential in bringing zero-emission rail technology to the USA.

The Flirt H2 multiple unit will provide passenger service for the USD 359.7 million Redlands passenger rail project covering a 14 km railway line between Redlands and the San Bernardino Metrolink station expected to be put into operation this year. The hydrogen multiple unit consists of two cars and a middle section referred to as the power pack. This holds the fuel cells and the hydrogen tanks. In the power pack, hydrogen is converted into electric current, which is stored in a traction battery. The battery then supplies the vehicle’s drive system, HVAC system and other comfort facilities with power. In this configuration, the train can also recover kinetic energy when braking, so that this can also be re-used to drive the train. The train can seat 108 passengers and offers plenty of additional standing room. It can reach a maximum speed of 130 km/h.
in 2019, SBCTA awarded Stadler a contract to supply a hydrogen-powered train with an option for four additional vehicles. The train of the Flirt H2 type train is planned to enter passenger service in 2024. The two companies started their collaboration in 2017 when SBCTA ordered three Flirt DMUs.

InnoTrans 2022 is the first time when Stadler will display to the general public the seven vehicles which includes:

  • the two-car battery-powered Flirt train for Germany. In 2019, NAH.SH has ordered 55 Akku battery-electric Flirt trains
  • the Tina trams for HEAG mobilo, the Darmstadt tram operator that ordered a total fleet of 25 low-floor LRVs
  • the new six-axle EURO9000 locomotive for European Loc Pool (ELP) which ordered 30 such vehicle since 2019 under a framework agreement for the supply of at least 100 locomotives
  • The Flirt (trimodal) vehicle for Transport for Wales, that ordered 35 Flirt multiple units. 24 trains have a trimodal drive and the delivery includes two variants comprising 7 three-car and 17 four-car trains
  • CityLink tram – trains for Transport for Wales which acquires 36 vehicles to operate on the electrified lines and on non-electrified lines using batteries
  • Metro (IPEMU) for Liverpool City Region. The contract covers the supply of 53 metro trains, 7 of which are independent powered electric multiple units (IPEMU) based on the original Class 777 metro vehicles.

In addition, for the first time, Stadler will be display its extensive signalling portfolio. This includes solutions in the areas of automatic train operation (ATO), train protection (ETCS), driverless metro trains (CBTC) and railway safety systems.

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