Siemens Mobility signs leasing contract with Bavarian railway company for hydrogen train

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Siemens Mobility and Bavarian railway company Bayerische Regiobahn (BRB) have signed a leasing contract for the Mireo Plus H hydrogen train, which will see it tested in Bavaria in 2023. The contract is a follow-up to the letter of intent signed in July 2021.

The latest generation two-car hydrogen-powered trainset will be presented to the public in the spring of 2022. It will be tested on the Augsburg-Füssen route in southern Germany, among others, beginning in mid-2023.

Pilot operations in the rail network of BRB are initially planned for 30 months. The train is expected to officially enter passenger service as of January 2024.

The hydrogen-powered train is being developed based on Siemens Mobility’s Mireo Plus platform. The main components of the hydrogen traction drive are roof-mounted fuel cells. The system also includes the latest generation of underfloor batteries supplied by battery specialist Saft.

The hydrogen-powered train adapts the successful Mireo regional train platform that is available as a battery-powered version as well as with a conventional electric drive.

Albrecht Neumann, CEO of rolling stock at Siemens Mobility, said, “Our Mireo Plus H is the latest-generation hydrogen-powered train. It features high driving power, excellent acceleration capability and a large operating range. This will make rail transport faster, more efficient, eco-friendlier, and more comfortable. The hydrogen-powered drive is an emission-free, advanced form of propulsion for trains that decarbonizes rail transport and makes a substantial contribution toward reaching our climate goals.”

Arnulf Schuchmann, managing director of BRB, added, “Bayerische Regiobahn sees itself as a reliable mobility partner for the Bavarian public and would like to provide them with climate-friendly service day after day. We’re also thinking of the future and are happy to be helping set the course for tomorrow’s mobility today. Notwithstanding all the effort associated with the project, we are very much looking forward to the test operations in our rail network and the know-how we gain for using hydrogen technology in the rail sector. Together with the Transdev Group, to which we belong, and our entire on-site team, we will prepare the project in the best possible way to ensure a smooth test start next year.”