stersund, Sweden (Urban Transport News): Alstom’s Coradia iLint passenger train, the world’s first passenger train to be powered by hydrogen, made its Swedish debut in stersund last week. To highlight the potential of Coradia iLint for sustainable transport in Sweden, Alstom teams are presenting the train to a variety of local stakeholders, including regional operators, transport authorities, government decision makers and major media.
“Coradia iLint trains represent a huge opportunity for Sweden to reduce CO2 emissions and even decarbonize rail transport. Thanks to hydrogen-powered public transport, regional operators are beacons of modern mobility. as recently experienced in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria – which have tested and are implementing (or are planning to implement) hydrogen trains,” said Rob White, CEO Alstom Nordics.
In 2016, the Coradia iLint, a CO2-emissions-free regional train representing a real alternative to diesel power, ranked Alstom as the first railway makers in the world to develop a passenger train based on hydrogen technology. Gave. The first two 100% H2 iLint trains entered commercial service in Germany in 2018 and have already covered over 100 000 km. To date, 41 trains have been ordered in Germany, and there have been successful trials in Austria and the Netherlands. In Italy, operator FNM confirmed orders for 14 100% H2 trains at the end of 2020.
In line with its objective of facilitating a global transition to a low-carbon transportation system, Alstom has pioneered a number of sustainable mobility solutions. The Coradia iLint is a perfect example of Alstom’s commitment to designing and delivering innovative and environmentally friendly solutions: the Coradia iLint is the world’s first passenger train powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, which produces electric power for traction. This zero-emissions train emits a low level of noise, with the exhaust being only steam and condensed water. Its performance matches with regular regional trains with a maximum speed of 140 km/h and comparable acceleration and braking performance. Similarly, the passenger capacity is up to 300 passengers and the train range is 1,000 kms.
The innovative hydrogen technologies implemented by Alstom have been recognized by the industry. In 2021, the Coradia iLint, the world’s first hydrogen train, was awarded the European Railway Prize 2021. Alstom is also doing this to demonstrate that hydrogen is a potentially climate-friendly solution for trains in general, not just iLint.