Stadler to deliver four hydrogen trains to California

16 October 2023 09:23

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Bussnang/Salt Lake City/Sacramento - Stadler from the canton of Thurgau has reached an agreement to initially deliver four FLIRT train sets with hydrogen drive to California. The contract with Californian transport authorities is valued at 80 million US dollars overall and contains an option for up to 25 additional trains in future.

The US State of California is seeking to realize its ambitious vision of emissions-free rail transport with the help of Stadler Rail. To this end, the California State Transportation Agency and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) have placed an order with the train manufacturer based in the St.GallenBodenseeArea for the supply of four hydrogen-powered trains from the Fast Light Intercity and Region Train (FLIRT) model series. According to a press release issued by Caltrans, the order volume amounts to 80 million US dollars. The agreement also contains an option for the delivery of up to 25 more trains of this type, which would be for use throughout California.

As Stadler points out in a press release of its own, a partnership with the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority made possible the development of this first hydrogen-powered trains in North America. The innovative vehicle was unveiled to the world at InnoTrans 2022 in Berlin and APTA EXPO 2023 in Orlando. “Our design of the battery fuel cell train is changing the US rolling stock industry for alternative propulsion systems, combining the typical Stadler top quality and reliability”, explains Martin Ritter, CEO of Stadler US, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the press release.

“Stadler’s goal is to help make travel in North America environmentally-friendly through the vehicles and services we provide”, comments Ansgar Brockmeyer, EVP of Marketing and Sales at the Stadler Group, adding that: “Only very few rail lines in the US are electrified, which is why solutions like the FLIRT H2 are so important here”. ce/mm

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