Alstom, a leader in integrated railway systems, unveiled a hydrogen-powered passenger train during an event at InnoTrans, a railway industry trade fair. The new train, Coradia iLint, is modeled after Alstom’s diesel-operated Coradia Lint 54, but will feature a CO2 emission-free hydrogen fuel cell engine. The first delivery is expected in Germany by 2018.
“Alstom is proud to launch a breakthrough innovation in the field of clean transportation which will complete its Coradia range of regional trains,” says Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Alstom chairman and CEO. “It shows our ability to work in close collaboration with our customers and develop a train in only two years.”
The company’s Coradia range of modular trains has operated for more than 16 years, according to Alstom, and has some 2,400 trains in service. Alstom will offer the new iLint line in a package that includes both maintenance and the hydrogen infrastructure necessary for operation.