Stadler’s FLIRT H2 achieves Guinness World Records title

Stadler FLIRT H2 train sets new world record

Stadler’s FLIRT H2 achieves Guinness World Records title Stadler

Stadler’s FLIRT H2 train has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for “the longest distance of 1,741.7 miles (2,803 kilometres) achieved by a pilot hydrogen fuel cell electric multiple unit passenger train without refuelling or recharging.”

The record-breaking journey began on March 20, 2024, with the FLIRT H2 circling the test track continuously for over 46 hours, driven by Stadler and ENSCO engineers working in shifts. The endeavour concluded successfully on March 22, 2024. Stadler’s FLIRT H2 now joins its predecessor, the FLIRT Akku, in the Guinness World Records for alternative propulsion trains.

The journey to this record-setting accomplishment began with the debut of the FLIRT H2 at InnoTrans 2022 in Berlin, where Stadler demonstrated its commitment to integrating hydrogen fuel cell technology into commuter trains. Rigorous testing in Switzerland and Colorado preceded the milestone-setting attempt.

The FLIRT H2, designed for emission-free operation, incorporates hydrogen fuel cells and batteries to power its propulsion system. With two electrically powered end cars and a central power pack housing fuel cells and hydrogen tanks, the FLIRT H2 accommodates 108 passengers and reaches a maximum speed of 130 kilometres per hour (79 miles per hour). This design enables the train to operate continuously without frequent refuelling, making it a useful solution for routes without overhead lines.

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Author: Emma Dailey

Emma Dailey is an editor at RailTech.com and RailTech.be.

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