They carry out in Germany a first route with a hydrogen train for passengers

The prototype of the Mireo Plus H was presented last May.

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The technological and industrial group Siemens and the railway company Deutsche Bahn carried out the first test run of its Mireo Plus H hydrogen train and tested its mobile refueling system.

Siemens reported that “the complete hydrogen system will be used in regular passenger service by 2024 and will replace the diesel train.”

Siemens CEO Roland Busch, Deutsche Bahn CEO Richard Lutz and State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) Hartmut Höppner were present at the test train ride.

Refueling of the train is done using the mobile hydrogen storage station.

The event took place at the Siemens Test and Validation Center in Wegberg Wildenrath (North Rhine-Westphalia).

Hydrogen arrives, diesel leaves

Hydrogen technology is expected to replace diesel-powered trains in regional transport in the future and contribute to the phase-out of diesel fuel.

Hydrogen trains are a particularly environmentally friendly propulsion technology, as they run emission-free thanks to green hydrogen and only emit water vapour.

Siemens Mobility and Deutsche Bahn publicly presented the H2goesRail project in November 2020.

“The new Mireo Plus H train emits nothing but water. It has a range of around 1,000 kilometers, can reach speeds of up to 160 kilometers per hour and can be refueled quickly,” Busch said.

Over its 30-year lifespan, Busch added, “a single train will save up to 45,000 tons of CO2 emissions, compared to traveling by car.”