More Hydrogen Trains Heading to California as Stadler Signs New MoU

Stadler has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to design and deliver four hydrogen FLIRT trains that are zero emission at the tailpipe.

When the contract is signed, it will include an option to purchase up to 25 units.

These trains, which are currently on show to the public for the first time at InnoTrans 2022, will be deployed for operation across the US state.

Stadler FLIRT H2 for San Bernardino USA
Stadler FLIRT H2 for San Bernardino, USA

Stadler was chosen as it’s the only manufacturer in North America that designs and builds service-proven rail vehicles compliant with FRA AVT Crashworthiness Standards.

This isn’t its first Californian request for a Flirt H2 – in 2019 one was purchased by the San Bernardino County Transit Authority (SBCTA) – pictured above.

Due to start passenger service in 2024, it will be the first hydrogen-powered passenger train in service in America and was the manufacturer’s first order for a hydrogen train.

Martin Ritter, CEO Stadler US, said:

“Stadler’s goal is to help make travel in North America environmentally-friendly through the vehicles and services we provide.

“Very few rail lines in the US are electrified, which is why solutions like the FLIRT H2 are so important here.

“It’s great to be part of California’s move toward eco-friendly travel with another zero-emission project in the state and we look forward to continue our work with CalSTA and CalTrans to make this a reality.”

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