Swiss manufacturer Stadler has signed a contract to supply the first ever hydrogen-powered train to run in the US, with an option to supply four more of the vehicles in the future.
Awarded by San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA), the contract will see Stadler supply its FLIRT H2 hydrogen-powered train, which is planned to be introduced in 2024 as part of Redlands Passenger Rail Project.
“Implementing innovative solutions like this first-of-its-kind passenger train is an excellent example of how we are demonstrating our commitment to the next generation in San Bernardino Country,” said Darcy McNaboe, SBCTA President.
“The hydrogen FLIRT will help us address the commuting needs of today while preserving our environment for a better tomorrow.”
With a maximum speed of 79mph (130km/h), the ordered vehicle consists of two cars with a power pack in between which holds the fuel cells and hydrogen tank. The train is expected to have seating for 108 passengers as well as standing room.
“Stadler is committed to designing and building green technology for the transportation industry. We are delighted that SBCTA shares our enthusiasm for this goal,” said Martin Ritter, CEO of Stadler US Inc.
“We have an excellent relationship with SBCTA, and it is a great honour to partner with them to bring the first hydrogen-powered train to the US.”