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Toyota Motor Europe to supply fuel cell modules for train project as member of FCH2RAIL Consortium

Credit: Toyota Motor Europe (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

Almost half of the railway lines in the European Union are electrified and enable local emission-free rail transport. On the remaining sections of the lines, diesel powered trains are used. Within the EU project FCH2RAIL (Fuel Cell Hybrid Power Pack for Rail Applications), a consortium with partners from Belgium, Germany, Spain and Portugal is developing and testing a new zero-emission train prototype. At the heart of the project there is a hybrid, bi-modal drive system that combines the electrical power supply from the overhead line with a “fuel cell hybrid power pack” (consisting of hydrogen fuel cells and batteries) that works independent of the overhead line.


Holger Dittus

Institute of Vehicle Concepts (DLR)