French state-owned railway company SNCF Voyageurs, acting on behalf of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Grand Est and Occitanie regions, has signed the first order for dual-mode electric-hydrogen trains in France.
The order is for 12 dual-mode electric-hydrogen trains (plus two optional trainsets) in the Coradia Polyvalent range for Régiolis, developed by Alstom. The contract is worth a total of almost €190 million (£165 million).
The four-car, 72-metre-long train has a total capacity of 218 seats and the same dynamic performance and level of comfort as the dual mode electric-diesel version. It has a range of up to 60 km on sections of non-electrified railway.
“France has everything it needs to become a hydrogen champion: the French government is fully committed to turning this ambition into reality,” said Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, Minister Delegate for Transport, French Ministry of the Ecological Transition.
“We will be covering 47 million euros of development costs for France’s first regional hydrogen-powered train. I am delighted that this support has enabled the four partner regions to confirm their order for the first 14 trains.”
Christophe Fanichet, CEO of SNCF Voyageurs, added: “This order marks a historic and concrete step towards clean mobility, by rolling out a new rail solution with zero direct emissions. Hydrogen has become a concrete solution to help regions achieve their energy transition.
“This order is the result of several years of work alongside our organising authorities and the manufacturer, achieved through the commitment and expertise of our teams in the Rolling Stock and TER departments, to develop a hydrogen train to meet our regions’ needs.”