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Stadler breaks world record with hydrogen train

Over 46 hours, the Stadler hydrogen train model completed a historic test in Colorado

Stadler has announced that its FLIRT H2 hydrogen train model has achieved a new Guinness World Record title.

The train model has been entered into the records database for the longest distance achieved by a pilot hydrogen fuel cell electric multiple unit passenger train without refuelling or recharging.

The train travelled for 2,803 kilometres, underlining Stadler’s strength and technological leadership in sustainable rail transport.

Stadler presented the FLIRT H2 to the public for the first time at InnoTrans 2022 in Berlin, Germany.

The world record journey started on March 20, with the train setting out for its first laps around the test track.

The team of engineers from Stadler and ENSCO continued driving the vehicle in shifts throughout the night and following day and concluded the successful attempt at 5.23PM on March 22, travelling for over 46 hours on one tank filling.

The record attempt was made at the ENSCO test centre in Pueblo, Colorado, where the vehicle had undergone its type test procedure.

Detailed records before, during and after the world record attempt were kept to ensure precise and transparent evidence was established.

“This world record establishes the ideal performance range of our hydrogen version of the best-selling FLIRT Electric Multiple Unit, the FLIRT H2,” Stadler EVP of marketing and sales Dr Ansgar Brockmeyer says.

“This is a monumental achievement from our entire team and we are very proud to hold another record title.”

Stadler US CEO Martin Ritter says Stadler will continue to focus on the future of rail transportation with alternative drive systems.

“By using hydrogen as a clean energy source, we are actively contributing to environmental protection and shaping the sustainable and zero emission travel of tomorrow,” Ritter says.

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