The Mireo Plus H will be powered by a battery and fuel cells that converts hydrogen and oxygen into electricity. The two-car train will have a range of 600 kilometers (373 miles), and Siemens said it would also develop a three-car version with a range of 1,000 kilometers (621 miles).
“Whether powered by overhead line electricity or hydrogen — the decisive factor is that the energy comes from renewable sources,” Baden-Württemberg transport minister Winfried Hermann said in a statement. “This country wants to be a pioneer in modern, sustainable rail transport.”
Hydrogen has long been considered a promising energy source for rail networks. France’s Alstom ( tested a hydrogen-powered train in northern Germany between 2018 and 2020, and has expanded the service into some routes in Austria. )
European regulators blocked Siemens’ proposed acquisition of Alstom in 2019, saying the merger would have harmed competition in railway signaling systems and very high-speed trains.
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