At least three hydrogen trains have been confirmed for the Burgundy-Franche-Comté Region, in a plan that will serve to replace the diesel-powered TER (Regional Express Transport) units.
The trains scheduled to be operative during 2024 will be electric and hydrogen in double mode. In addition, the order for that region includes another two optional vehicles, to increase from 51.9 to an investment of 86 million dollars.
The Alstom corporation based in Saint-Ouen, France, will be in charge of manufacturing the trains. This will not be the first time that this company has carried out a similar action, since in 2018 they put into operation the first batch in Germany.
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Other towns in France such as Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Great-East and Occitania have also requested Alstom trains, bringing the order from the European country to about 14 units.
Hydrogen trains are expected to come into operation during 2024. Among their characteristics, it stands out that they can transport approximately 300 passengers over a distance (in the place where they will be installed) of 600 kilometers, although they have a range of 1000 km.
As for speed, it can reach 160 kilometers per hour, while it has a charging time of at least 15 minutes.
How does the train work?
Powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, this train can go unnoticed anywhere due to the low sound it generates, an aspect that, combined with the fact that its only emission is water vapor, makes it one of the means innovative transport systems of sustainable mobility when it comes to mass transfer.
This company is widely known for developing vehicles and mass transportation systems such as trains and ships, having a presence in more than 70 countries. Originally, from France, this multinational has centers for technological innovation, signage and digital mobility.
Written by | Osward Rubio