Siemens Mobility and Bayerische Regiobahn today (March 16) confirmed the news, having inked a leasing contract for the zero-emissions locomotive.

Showcasing how hydrogen can transform public transportation, the train will be tested on the Augsburg-Füssen route, among others, from mid-2023.

Following trials, it is hoped full passenger service will be achieved by January 2024.

Hubert Aiwanger, Bavaria’s Economic Affairs Minister, said, “Green hydrogen is becoming a key pillar for comprehensive climate protection in the areas of transportation, industry and energy.

“As Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy, I am pleased that our Bavarian Hydrogen Strategy can increasingly address concrete issues. This train is an important part of this strategy towards a ‘transport turnaround’ with hydrogen, which is why we are promoting this project.

“I am convinced that with green hydrogen propulsions we can significantly reduce pollutant emissions in heavy-duty and rail transport and contribute to decarbonisation. The one-sided dependence on energy supplies can also be reduced and spread across many regions of the world.”

Albrecht Neumann, CEO Rolling Stock at Siemens Mobility, added, “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 decarbonises rail transport and makes a substantial contribution toward reaching our climate goals.”

North American Hydrogen Summit

H2 View is taking its events platform to America’s original clean hydrogen hub of California. Together with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), we will stage our North American Hydrogen Summit in San Francisco on July 14-15.

As our summit theme Building Bridges: Hydrogen hubs and investment suggests, the event will explore the $8bn of funding announced to create at least four regional hydrogen hubs in the US. These hubs will turbo-charge the nation’s progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution – and they may just provide the path forward to a hydrogen-fuelled future.

With California and Texas vying to be America’s hydrogen capital today, where are the hubs of tomorrow? Further still, what can other states, and countries, learn from California’s success story? And how can we build bridges to a successful flow of international investment?

Full information about this event including attendance and sponsorship packages can be found here.