Alstom and Eversholt Rail Sign Hydrogen Train Fleet Agreement

Rolling stock manufacturer Alstom and rolling stock owning company Eversholt Rail have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at putting a fleet of hydrogen trains into passenger service.

This would be the first hydrogen fleet in the UK that was hydrogen-powered from the get go. The agreement outlines plans for an initial ten three-car hydrogen multiple units. These HMUs, which are to be built in Britain, will be based on Alstom’s Aventra platform. Alstom said that “the intention is that final contracts for the fleet will be signed in early 2022”.

Alstom and Eversholt Rail are planning a fleet of 10 hydrogen multiple units based on the Aventra platform
Alstom and Eversholt Rail are planning a fleet of 10 hydrogen multiple units based on the Aventra platform

Alstom is also the manufacturer of the Coradia iLint, the first hydrogen train to enter passenger service. It is operational in Germany.

Nick Crossfield, Managing Director, Alstom UK & Ireland, said:

“COP26 is a reminder of just how urgent the need to decarbonise our world is. Rail is already the lowest emission transport mode, but we can do even more, and I am delighted that we have concluded this agreement with our friends at Eversholt Rail which will lead to Britain’s first ever fleet of new hydrogen trains.”

 

Alstom and Eversholt Rail have worked together before to bring hydrogen trains to the UK. The ‘Breeze’ project aims to convert an existing electric multiple unit to a hydrogen-powered train. The insights gained from the Breeze project will feed into this new undertaking.

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