Delivery of the 14 fuel cell modules is expected to start in 2023 with the fleet planned to be in service in Berlin-Brandenburg region in late 2024.

In addition to the initial order of 14 fuel cell modules, Siemens Mobility also signed a letter of intent with Ballard for the supply of 200 fuel cell modules totaling 40MW over the next six years, including a firm commitment on 100 of the fuel cell modules totaling 20MW.

The modules will be used for Siemen’s Mireo Plus H trains.

David Mucciacciaro, Ballard Chief Commercial Officer, said it marked a significant milestone for its multi-year collaboration efforts with Siemens Mobility and the future of zero-emission commuter rail in Europe.

He said, “Our fuel cell technology is an ideal solution to support the heavy payload, long range and rapid refuelling requirements of Siemen Mobility’s passenger train fleet. We look forward to our continued collaboration and are excited for the opportunity to support the Berlin and Brandenburg region’s first hydrogen powered rail network.”

Jochen Steinbauer, Platform Director H2 Technologies at Siemens Mobility, said we can only meet climate change targets by increasing rail transportation.

“Our first order for a fleet of hydrogen-powered trains will enable emission-free rail transport on non-electrified routes in Germany. Our Mireo Plus H is a next-generation hydrogen train, featuring longer range, faster acceleration and state-of-the-art technologies, setting new standards in zero-emission passenger transport.”

Quantron recently unveiled its QHM FCEV heavy duty truck and QHM BEV all-electric truck at IAA Transportation – following Ballard Power Systems buying a minority investment stake.

This month also saw Siemens and Deutsche Bahn test the first hydrogen train and mobile refuelling station.

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