Swiss rail manufacturer Stadler has secured a contract from San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) to deliver a hydrogen-powered train, which will be the first in the US.

Stadler will supply one FLIRT H2 type train with a provision for an additional order of another four trains.

The two-car FLIRT H2 features power packs between the cars, which contain fuel cells and hydrogen tanks.

SBCTA president Darcy McNaboe said: “Implementing innovative solutions like this first-of-its-kind passenger train is an excellent example of how we are demonstrating our commitment to the next generation in San Bernardino County.

“The hydrogen FLIRT will help us address the commuting needs of today while preserving our environment for a better tomorrow.”

Capable of operating at a maximum speed of 130kmph, the train can accommodate 108 seated passengers and has additional space for standing.

The train is expected to begin service in 2024 as part of the 14.5km Redlands Passenger Rail Project that connects Redlands and the Metrolink station in California.

Stadler US CEO Martin Ritter said: “Stadler is committed to designing and building green technology for the transportation industry. We are delighted that SBCTA shares our enthusiasm for this goal.

“We have an excellent relationship with SBCTA, and it is a great honour to partner with them to bring the first hydrogen-powered train to the United States.”

Last month, Stadler secured a €300m contract from Austrian Train Finance to supply 15 double-decker KISS trains to Austrian rail company WESTbahn.

The company also won a €165m ($182m) contract from Taiwan Railway Administration to supply 34 diesel-electric locomotives and a €600m contract to supply of 55 battery-powered FLIRT Akku multiple units to German public transport authority Schleswig Holstein (NAH.SH).