California Orders 6 Additional Stadler Hydrogen Trains

The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) and Caltrans have contracted Stadler to supply six additional hydrogen trains.

This exercises a contract option under an agreement signed in October 2023 for 4 initial units. The newly ordered vehicles will thus expand the fleet to ten hydrogen trains.

The Stadler FLIRT H2 for California
The Stadler FLIRT H2 for California
Martin Ritter, CEO Stadler US, said:

“We are very proud to be providing additional hydrogen trains to the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) and Caltrans. With our multiple units, we are jointly driving the decarbonisation of rail transportation in the US. We thank CalSTA and Caltrans for their trust and look forward to deepening our partnership.”

Stadler’s hydrogen train has completed extensive testing in both Switzerland and the US. Currently, the SBCTA FLIRT H2 is performing well in pre-revenue testing.

In total, the original contract with CalSTA and Caltrans includes options to purchase up to 25 trains.

Ansgar Brockmeyer, EVP of Marketing and Sales, Stadler said:

“Stadler is committed to making travel in North America more environmentally friendly and offering innovative solutions to the region's specific challenges. Given the limited electrification of rail lines in the US, the FLIRT H2 proves to be particularly significant. Hydrogen technology enables sustainable mobility as it is an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional drives. Stadler is thus actively pursuing the goal of modernising public transport in North America and making a contribution to environmental protection in the process.”

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