Hydrogen Fueled Passenger Trains to Enter Service in 2024 in Germany

Hydrogen Fuel Passenger Trains to Enter Service in 2024 in Germany
Hydrogen Fuel Passenger Trains to Enter Service in 2024 in Germany

Germany is one step closer to the hydrogen-powered train project. According to the plans, trains running on hydrogen fuel will start to serve within two years.

German state railways Deutsche Bahn and technology giant Siemens first announced in 2050 that they were developing hydrogen-powered trains as part of a plan to reduce emissions to zero by 2020.

The German company Siemens Mobility has signed a contract with the German rail operator Bayerische Regiobahn to supply hydrogen fueled passenger trains on a lease basis. In the statement made by Siemens, it was shared that the prototype train tests will start in various regions, including the routes between Augsburg and Füsse, in the middle of 2023. The first passenger transport service will start in January 2024.

It is stated that the train, which will be run for several years and will land on the rails in 2024, will save approximately 330 tons of CO2 per year and reach a maximum speed of 160 kilometers per hour.

Siemens Mobility prepared the Mireo Plus two- and three-car train project for practical application. The train will be built both in an all-battery version and with hydrogen fuel cells with an array of batteries. In the hydrogen-powered version of Mireo Plus H, the train will be able to carry up to 160 passengers. The maximum speed of the train will reach 160 km/h and its range will be between 600 and 1000 km.

A hydrogen station will also be built to provide fuel for the train in question. It is stated that the station will provide hydrogen filling in the time of a normal fossil fuel vehicle.

The cost of each hydrogen-based train will be between 5 and 10 million euros and will create a market potential of 50-150 billion euros in total.

Günceleme: 18/03/2022 13:23

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