The managers of Alstom, the Local Transport Authority of Lower Saxony (LNVG) and Lindehas gathered in Wolfsburg to sign a contract that calls for Alstom to supply to LNVG 14 Coradia iLint trains, which will be powered by hydrogen. The fuel cell trains will be completely emission-free and will start its first passenger service in Lower Saxony in 2021. Alstom will also be responsible for a 30-year maintenance plan.
Economy and Transport Minister of Lower Saxony Olaf Lies, handed over the notice of funding to the two LNVG chiefs Hans-Joachim Menn and Klaus Hoffmeister.
“From now on there will be a real alternative to diesel trains in non-electrified rail transport,” remarked Minister Lies. “Hydrogen and fuel cells are an ideal combination for climate protection as well as for the energy and transport revolution. They allow the storage of energy and emission-free travelling on rail. We fund innovative technologies and make a sustainable contribution to the energy revolution in the transport sector. I am pleased that Alstom will build the trains in Lower Saxony, thus further strengthening their production site in Salzgitter.”
The trains, which will replace the diesel multiple units of the transport authority Elbe-Weser-Verkehrsbetriebe, will be supplied with hydrogen at Bremervörde filling station provided by the Linde Group. The Coradia iLint can travel up to 1,000 kilometers with a full tank and can reach a maximum speed of up to 140 km/h. The fuel cell trains will be maintained by Alstom in the evb depot in Bremervörde.