Alstom launches a hydrogen train for the first time in Sweden
Ostersund, Sweden (Urban Transport News): Alstom’s Coradia iLint passenger train, the world’s first to run on hydrogen, made its Swedish debut in Östersund last week. Alstom teams present the train to various local stakeholders, including regional operators, transport authorities, government decision-makers and leading media, in order to highlight the potential of Coradia iLint for sustainable transport in Sweden.
“Coradia iLint trains represent a huge opportunity for Sweden to reduce CO2 emissions and even to decarbonize rail transport. Thanks to hydrogen-powered public transport, regional operators can be beacons of modern mobility, as has recently been the case in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria – which have tested and are implementing (or are planning to implement) hydrogen trains, ”said Rob Whyte, CEO of Alstom. Nordic.
In 2016, the launch of the Coradia iLint, a CO2-free regional train that represents a real alternative to diesel, positions Alstom as the first railway manufacturer in the world to develop a passenger train based on hydrogen technology. The first two 100% H2 iLint trains entered commercial service in 2018 in Germany and have already traveled more than 100,000 km. To date, 41 trainsets have been ordered in Germany and successful trials have taken place in Austria and the Netherlands. In Italy, the operator FNM has confirmed an order for 14 100% H2 trainsets at the end of 2020.
True to its objective of facilitating a global transition to a low-carbon transport system, Alstom has pioneered several sustainable mobility solutions. The Coradia iLint is a perfect illustration of Alstom’s commitment to design and supply innovative and environmentally friendly solutions: the Coradia iLint is the world’s first passenger train powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, which produces electricity for traction. This zero-emission train emits low noise levels, the exhaust gases being only steam and condensed water. Its performance matches that of regular regional trains with a top speed of 140 km / h and comparable acceleration and braking performance. Likewise, the passenger capacity can go up to 300 passengers and the train has a range of 1,000 kilometers.
The innovative hydrogen technologies implemented by Alstom have been recognized by the industry. In 2021, the world’s first hydrogen train Coradia iLint received the European Railway Award 2021. Alstom is also doing this to demonstrate that hydrogen is a possible climate-friendly solution for trains in general, and not just for the iLint .