Vivarail and Arcola collaborating on fuel cell train

Sharing a determination to help decarbonise the UK’s transport system, English rolling stock manufacturer Vivarail and hydrogen fuel cell specialist Arcola Energy are working together to develop a hydrogen train.

The two companies announced their long-term collaboration yesterday and said the proof of concept train is likely to begin testing at Vivarail’s main manufacturing facility in late 2019/early 2020.

It will be based on the technology already developed for Vivarail’s battery train, unit 230002.

The concept train will consist of two carriages, one housing two battery modules and one with a fuel cell and tanks, all of which will be underneath the train to take advantage of Vivarail’s unique modular power pack design.

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