Stadler Wins FLIRT H2 Hydrogen Train Contract in the US

Stadler has won its first contract for a hydrogen train. The Swiss rolling stock manufacturer has signed a contract with the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) in California for a hydrogen FLIRT. The contract also includes an option for four further units of the same type. The first FLIRT H2 is to enter passenger service in 2024.

This contract is the first step towards a hydrogen train operating in the United States. It will make an important contribution towards introducing zero-emissions technology in the American rail sector.

SBCTA President Darcy McNaboe said:

“Implementing innovative solutions like this first-of-its-kind passenger train is an excellent example of how we are demonstrating our commitment to the next generation in San Bernardino County.

“The hydrogen FLIRT will help us address the commuting needs of today while preserving our environment for a better tomorrow.”

Stadler FLIRT H2

The hydrogen train FLIRT H2 will enter passenger service in 2024 for the Redlands Passenger Rail Project (Arrow). Measuring 14km in length, it will connect Redlands and the Metrolink Station in San Bernardino.

Stadler FLIRT H2 for SBCTA rendering
Stadler FLIRT H2 for SBCTA

The first FLIRT H2 will consist of two cars and a power pack between the two. It is this power pack that will contain the fuel cells and the hydrogen tanks. The train will have 108 seats and will also feature generous standing space. The train’s top speed will be 130km/h.

Martin Ritter, CEO of Stadler US Inc., said:

“Stadler is committed to designing and building green technology for the transportation industry. We are delighted that SBCTA shares our enthusiasm for this goal. We have an excellent relationship with SBCTA, and it is a great honor to partner with them to bring the first hydrogen-powered train to the United States.”

Stadler and SBCTA began working together in 2017 when the Transportation Authority ordered three diesel electric FLIRT trains.

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