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Alstom's Coradia iLint hydrogen train runs for the first time in Sweden

Alstom's Coradia iLint hydrogen train runs for the first time in Sweden
photo: Alstom press materials/Alstom's Coradia iLint hydrogen train runs for the first time in Sweden
25 / 08 / 2021

Alstom's Coradia iLint passenger train, the first in the world to be powered by hydrogen, makes its Swedish debut in Östersund today. Alstom teams are presenting the train to a variety of local stakeholders, including regional operators, transport authorities, government decision-makers, and leading media, to highlight the potential of the Coradia iLint for sustainable transport in Sweden.

Rob Whyte CEO of Alstom Nordics: “The Coradia iLint trains represent a huge opportunity for Sweden to reduce CO2 emissions and even decarbonize rail transport. Thanks to hydrogen-powered public transport, regional operators can be beacons of modern mobility, as experienced recently in Germany, the Netherlands, and Austria – that have tested and are implementing (or planning to implement) hydrogen trains.”

In 2016, the launch of the Coradia iLint, a CO2-emission-free regional train that represents a true alternative to diesel power, positioned Alstom as the first railway manufacturers in the world to develop a passenger train based on hydrogen technology. The first two 100% H2 iLint trains entered commercial service in 2018 in Germany and have already covered more than 100 000 km. To date, 41 trainsets have been ordered in Germany, and successful trials have taken place in Austria and in the Netherlands. In Italy, the operator FNM confirmed an order for 14 100% H2 trains at the end of 2020.

The Coradia iLint is the world’s first passenger train powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, which produces electrical power for traction. This zero-emission train emits low levels of noise, with exhaust being only steam and condensed water. Its performance matches with regular regional trains with a maximum speed of 140 km/h and comparable acceleration and braking performance. Likewise, passenger capacity is up to 300 passengers and the train has a range of 1,000 kilometers.

Alstom is the largest player on the Swedish railway market, with over 1 000 trains delivered.