Siemens and Deutsche Bahn test hydrogen train and mobile refuelling station

Siemens and Deutsche Bahn have tested the first hydrogen train and mobile refuelling station.

Siemens CEO Dr. Roland Busch and Dr. Richard Lutz, CEO of Deutsche Bahn – together with Hartmut Höppner, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) – took the first ride in the Mireo Plus H hydrogen train, in what is described as a milestone for the ‘H2goesrail’ project, which was launched in November 2020.

A demonstration mobile refuelling event was held at the Siemens Test and Validation Centre in Wegberg-Wildenrath, North Rhine-Westphalia. In future, hydrogen will replace diesel-fuelled trains.

Busch said the Mireo Plus H train emits nothing but water, can travel up to 160kmh and offers a range of around 800-1,000km. Over a 30-year service lifetime, a single train will save up to 45,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).

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