German rail company Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB), which operates in the Berlin and Brandenburg districts, has placed an order with Siemens Mobility for seven hydrogen-powered trains.
The Mireo Plus H trains are equipped with a fuel cell drive system and a lithium-ion battery, for emissions free transport.
This is Siemens Mobility’s first ever order for a fleet of trains based on hydrogen technology.
The German transport solutions provider aims to complete the hydrogen fleet by autumn 2024, with operations on Heidekrautbahn network (RB27) planned to start in December 2024.
Switching from diesel to hydrogen on the Heidekrautbahn will reduce annual CO₂ emissions by around three million kilos and save 1.1 million liters of diesel, the company said in a press release this week.
The order also includes a service and spare parts supply agreement (TSSSA) covering the entire term of the transport contract.
Michael Peter, CEO of Siemens Mobility, said. “We are especially proud that our first order for a fleet of hydrogen-powered trains will also enable emission-free rail transport on non-electrified routes.
“Our Mireo Plus H is a next-generation hydrogen train that combines innovation with sustainability. Thanks to its long range, faster acceleration, and state-of-the-art technologies, it will set new standards in zero-emission passenger transport.”
Image: An artist’s impression of the Mireo Plus H train (credit: Siemens Mobility)
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