Ballard to produce Stadler with gasoline cell methods to energy first hydrogen prepare in US


Stadler Rail AG, a number one producer of rolling inventory, has ordered six 100 kW FCmove-HD+ gasoline cell engines from Ballard Energy Techniques to energy the primary hydrogen prepare in america. The contract to supply the hydrogen-powered FLIRT H2 prepare was awarded to Stadler by San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA), with the choice of extra trains sooner or later.

The prepare is predicted to be in service in 2024 and can seat greater than 100 passengers.


Earlier this month, Stadler signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the California State Transportation Company (CalSTA) and the California Division of Transportation (Caltrans) for the design and supply of 4 zero emission hydrogen FLIRT trains for California. The MOU articulates the obligations and roles of every stakeholder and can result in a contract which outlines the procurement of the zero emission a number of models, with the choice to buy up 25 models.

The automobiles are supposed to be deployed state-wide in California and this MOU stands as an interim settlement for work to start on California’s subsequent large rail funding.


Stadler is the one producer in North America that designs and builds service confirmed rail automobiles compliant with the FRA AVT Crashworthiness Requirements. Stadler can also be one in every of only a few unique tools producers who has constructed a zero-emission a number of unit prepare powered by hydrogen gasoline cell know-how. For these causes, CAlSTA and CalTrans have entered into the Memorandum of Understanding with Stadler.

Stadler bought the FLIRT H2 to the SBCTA in 2019. The car was introduced to the general public for the primary time at InnoTrans in Berlin earlier this month. The FLIRT H2 for SBCTA—to be powered by Ballard—is meant to start out passenger service in 2024 as the primary hydrogen-powered passenger prepare in service in america.

The Stadler FLIRT is a single-deck multiple-unit prepare designed for intercity and lengthy distance journey. Stadler has bought 2,000 models in 21 international locations. Along with absolutely electrical, diesel and multi-mode propulsion, Stadler additionally affords FLIRT automobiles with different drive options comparable to battery and hydrogen. Stadler’s battery prepare, the FLIRT Akku, at present holds the world file for reaching the furthest distance for a battery prepare in battery-only mode.


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