French rolling stock manufacturer Alstom has secured a €160m contract to deliver six hydrogen fuel cell trains to Italy.
Ferrovie Nord Milano (FNM), a public transport company that primarily operates in the Lombardy region, will procure the vehicles as it focuses on green railway transportation.
The trains will be based on Alstom’s Coradia Stream regional train platform and equipped with the same fuel cell propulsion technology featured in the Coradia iLint vehicles.
All the units will be locally manufactured. Alstom’s site in Savigliano will be responsible for project development, and most of the manufacturing and certification works while the Bologna site will deliver the onboard signalling systems.
The contract also includes the option of eight additional units.
Alstom Europe senior vice-president Gian Luca Erbacci said: “We are immensely proud to be introducing hydrogen train technology to Italy, and we recognise the trust placed in us by our Italian customer.
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“This development confirms Alstom’s role in defining the future of mobility. These trains, together with the Coradia iLint that have already proven themselves in commercial service in Germany, represent another major step in the transition towards global sustainable transport systems.
“I take this opportunity to congratulate FNM for demonstrating that they are a leader in this area.”
The first train is expected to be delivered within 36 months.
The Coradia iLint is claimed to be the first passenger train to be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.
Earlier this year, Alstom conducted test runs of this zero-emission vehicle in the Netherlands.