A world record for Stadler hydrogen train: over 2,800 km without refuelling

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A world record for Stadler hydrogen train

Stadler hydrogen train, the Flirt H2, covered 2,803 km on a single tank of fuel in Colorado, which is a record that overshadows the 1,175 km claimed by Alstom in 2022.

The record was set in the United States, at Ensco’s test track in Pueblo, Colorado. Engineers from Stadler and Ensco took turns driving, starting on the evening of March 20th. They completed their journey at 5 in the afternoon of March 22nd. This is the second time that the Swiss train manufacturer has entered the Guinness Book of Records. It had already set a record with the battery-electric version of the Flirt (Akku), with a distance of 224 km in Germany.

Ansgar Brockmeyer, Stadler’s Vice President of Marketing and Sales said: “This is a monumental achievement from our entire team and we are very proud to hold another record title.” The company’s CEO, Martin Ritter then added: “Stadler is consistently focusing on the future of rail transportation with alternative drive systems by continuously developing innovative technologies. By using hydrogen as a clean energy source, we are actively contributing to environmental protection and shaping the sustainable and zero emission travel of tomorrow.”

This record is just in time for Stadler. Its Flirt H2 train, which can carry 108 passengers at a speed of 130 km/h, has been selected by Caltrans, the California rail authority. It initially ordered 4, before opting for 6 more at the beginning of the year.

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Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Mariem Ben Tili

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Laurent Meillaud

Laurent Meillaud

Freelance automotive journalist and consultant, author as well, focused on technologies and new trends for more than 30 years, convinced that hydrogen is one of the energies for the future.

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