The German company Siemens Mobility has entered into a contract with the German railway operator Bayerische Regiobahn to provide hydrogen-fueled passenger trains on a lease basis. Testing of prototype trains on the line will begin in mid-2023, with the first passenger service starting in January 2024.
Siemens Mobility has prepared for practical implementation the Mireo Plus two- and three-car train project. The train will be produced both in a purely battery version and on hydrogen fuel cells with a set of batteries. In the hydrogen-powered version of the Mireo Plus H, the train will be able to carry up to 160 passengers (120 seats for two cars and 160 for three). The maximum speed of the train will reach 160 km/h. The range of the train on a full gas station is from 600 to 1000 km.
Interest in hydrogen fuel is manifested in all areas of transport. Automotive manufacturers are developing many designs for cars and trucks powered by hydrogen cells. Shipbuilders are also in the subject , as are aircraft designers. For example, Airbus is going to start test flights of the hydrogen version of the A380 airliner in 2026. In this regard, Russia also does not plan to stand aside in aviation . But there are also pessimists. Some analysts believe that hydrogen transport has no future . Obviously, time will put everything in its place.