Stadler closing in on second US deal for hydrogen trains
Stadler, the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the delivery of four hydrogen FLIRT trains.
With the MoU signed at InnoTrans 2022, the parties involved put in place the foundation for a procurement contract for at least for hydrogen FLIRT trains, with an option for another 21 train sets.
Stadler is no stranger to California, as signed a deal in 2019 with San Bernardino County Transit Authority (SBCTA) for the delivery of a hydrogen train as well. Presented in Berlin on Tuesday for the first time, the train will be entered into service in 2024. Once operational, it will be the first of its kind in the United States.
“Only very few rail lines in the US are electrified, which is why solutions like the FLIRT H2 are so important here. It is great to be part of California’s move toward eco-friendly travel with another zero emission project in the state and we look forward to continue our work with CalSTA and CalTrans to make this a reality”,Martin Ritter, CEO of Stadler US, said in comments on the deal.
Stadler’s FLIRT platform is available with a range of drive options, ranging from diesel to fully electric. The latter unit, the so-called FLIRT Akku, last year set the world record for the longest journey for pure battery drives, covering 224 kilometres. The FLIRT can also be delivered with multi-mode propulsion.
Rail Infra Forum 2022
The developments in sustainable rolling stock and the associated infrastructure such as recharging and refuelling stations, are the central themes of the Rail Infra Forum on 12 and 13 October in Berlin. From alternative fuels and batteries in passenger rail to on-track machines, and from recharging batteries under catenary to hydrogen refuelling; all will be discussed in Berlin. The programme and speakers can be found on the event website.
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