Sustainable rolling stock in Europe

An overview of Europe’s sustainable rolling stock developments

Sustainable rolling stock in Europe. Map made with Arcgis Storymaps

There are many developments in the railway sector ongoing to make rail operations more sustainable on lines where diesel is currently the standard. has gathered some of the latest projects and developments in hydrogen, alternative fuels, battery and hybrid trains in Europe in an interactive map.

Across Europe, rolling stock manufacturers, railway operators, infrastructure managers and policy makers are working on shifting to sustainable propulsion for trains to phase out diesel operations. For an overview of these developments, an interactive map with the projects and descriptions was put together by RailTech.

Sustainable rolling stock in Europe
Developments in sustainable rolling stock in Europe, map created with ArcGis Storymaps

Would you like to view the full interactive map?  You can request free access here.

Rail Infra Forum 2023

The developments in sustainable rolling stock and the associated infrastructure such as recharging and refuelling are the central theme of the Rail Infra Forum on 14-15 March in Rotterdam and online. From alternative fuels and batteries in passenger rail to on-track machines, and from recharging batteries under catenary to hydrogen refuelling. The programme and speakers can be found on the event website.

Author: Esther Geerts


2 comments op “An overview of Europe’s sustainable rolling stock developments”

bönström bönström|18.08.22|13:38

A paradox it may seem, but as with success story the autos…, as well full benefit of railways will not be gained, until added an own, autonome energy converter, on board any separate train…
(Current, “single track”, electrification of railways, no longer is timely.)
For railways, as stuck to the rails, thereby by nature vulnerable (not robust) the current technique for electrification, neither robust (resilent), has become one of the currently devastating bottlenecks.

jason leahy|18.08.22|22:21

UK in August Vivarail, Eversholt Rail and Kiepe Electric signed a deal to add batteries to Class 321 Renatus 25 kv overhead cable electric trains and Network Rail and EDF Renewables an agreement for 15% of the electricity needed for stations, maintenance depots and buildings from a 49.9 MW solar farm in Norfolk

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