At the recent InnoTrans trade-show at the Berlin Messe, the Coradia iLint train was unveiled, a new CO2 emission free regional train and an alternative to diesel power.
Despite numerous electrification projects in several countries, and concern over sustainability, a significant part of Europe’s rail network will probably remain non-electrified in the long term. In many countries, the number of diesel trains in circulation is still high. For example, there are more than 4,000 diesel powered rail cars in Germany.
The launch of the zero-emission train by Alstom follows the Letters of Intent signed in 2014 with the German Federal States of Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, and the Public Transportation Authority of Hesse. The letters of intent committed these German states to using a new generation of emission-free trains equipped with a fuel cell drive.
The Coradia iLint is CO2 emissions free powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. The only emissions are steam and condensed water while operating with a much lower level of noise than conventional trains. Alstom is among the first railway manufacturers in the world to develop a passenger train based on this technology. To make the deployment of this train as simple as possible for operators, the train comes as a complete package, consisting of the train and maintenance, as well as also the whole hydrogen infrastructure.
The train was developed in close collaboration with the customers for the train, including several Federal German states.