Alstom’s hydrogen train project Coradia iLint, commissioned by Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen (LNVG), has received this year’s European Railway Award.
The jury of railway industry CEOs, EU decision-makers, previous winners and selected journalists, nominated Alston’s Coradia iLint for the award.
In its statement, the jury praised the outstanding cooperation between the project partners LNVG, Alstom, the Federal State of Lower Saxoy, Eisenbahnen und Verkehrsbetriebe Elbe-Weser GmbH (evb), the gas and engineering company Linde.
The awarded was accepted by Carmen Schwabl, Managing Director at LNV at an online ceremony.
“It is not a matter of course that a public authority triggers and accompanies a technological development of this scope. With our partners in the test phase, a real-world premiere in passenger service in Lower Saxony has been achieved,” Schwabl said.
“Our goal was to offer a true alternative to diesel, to make it market-ready and to use it in a first network in daily passenger operation.”
From September 2018 to end of February 2020, two Coradia iLint trains from Alstom were successfully covering more than 180,000 kilometres in regular passenger service.
Serial production of this ground-breaking innovation for rail transport is currently underway.
“We are very pleased that our client LNVG has been awarded for the innovative hydrogen train project. Our joint project Coradia iLint shows a courageous commitment to green mobility together with state-of-the-art technology,” added, Gian Luca Erbacci, Senior Vice President Europe at Alstom.
“Today, we can be very proud of our innovative Coradia ILint, the world’s first and only existing hydrogen train.”