Battery instead of fuel cell trains for the North

The entry of the Coradia iLint could be delayed.
The entry of the Coradia iLint could be delayed.

The success story of fuel cell trains to date is currently undergoing a severe setback: As the Kieler Nachrichten (news) recently reported, electric trains could roll through Schleswig-Holstein from 2022, but they are likely to be equipped with accumulators for energy storage and not with hydrogen.

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Breeze – more than just a mild breeze

The H2 Zillertal railway.
The H2 Zillertal railway, © Zillertal Transport Services

Fuel cells on rails are not only talked about in the north. Numerous municipalities and regions have meanwhile turned their attention to this promising form of propulsion. The most advanced up to now is Hesse, where Germany’s first serious thought had been given to FC trains and 27 H2 drive units have now been ordered following a successful tender.

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