Siemens Mobility has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to test a hydrogen-powered train in the German state of Bavaria.

The company signed the MoU with the state government of Bavaria and local railway company Bayerische Regiobahn (BRB) to conduct the trial.

The two-car train will begin test runs from mid-2023 on the Augsburg – Füssen route and will enter passenger services in January 2024.

The pilot operations will initially run for 30 months. During this period, the train will be stationed in Augsburg.

The train is being developed on the basis of Siemens Mobility’s Mireo Plus H platform. The vehicle will have a range of up to 800km and will be capable of running on non-electrified rail lines.

As primary modules of the hydrogen traction drive, two fuel cells will be placed on the train’s roof. The system will utilise the newest generation of batteries from the Saft company that will be deployed beneath the floor.

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The train will be unveiled next year.

Siemens Mobility managing director Karl Blaim said: “Siemens Mobility is a leading supplier in the development of alternative drives, which can contribute significantly to reducing emissions, especially in regional transport where there are no electrified overhead lines.

“The technology partnership between Siemens Mobility and the State of Bavaria enables the further development of the Mireo Plus H for Bavaria and supports climate-friendly passenger transport in the state.”

Several operation-related aspects will be assessed before the train enters services. It will include the implementation of safety requirements, staff training, and refuelling of the train, among others.

Last week, Siemens Mobility secured contracts worth $3.4bn from Amtrak in the US to design, manufacture and provide technical support for 73 multi-powered trains.