Hydrogen-powered trains coming to Hungary

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Dávid Vitézy, Minister of State for Transport at the Ministry of Technology and Industry, announced on his social networking site that MÁV, Magyar railway company owned by the Hungarian state,  is interested in hydrogen-powered trains. In the future, they could replace diesel-powered trains. The first experimental hydrogen fuel cell trains have already appeared in Europe.

Two market leaders, Alstorm and Siemens, have already presented their vehicles, but several other manufacturers have already received orders. MÁV-Start’s call for tender and market survey are open to the public, autonavigator.hu reports.

Hydrogen fuel cell trains could be one of the solutions for emission-free passenger transport on non-electrified, mainly regional rail lines. The replacement of diesel trains is particularly urgent in Hungary, but conventional diesel trains are essentially being phased out by vehicle manufacturers due to climate concerns, and the rail industry sees a future for battery and hydrogen cell technology on non-electrified lines.

The advantage of hydrogen cell vehicles over battery vehicles is that they have a much longer range, one charge is enough for up to 1000 kilometres, i.e. several days, and the tanks can be filled quickly, in a time similar to that of diesel,” Vitézy wrote in his Facebook post. However, Vitézy stresses that this is still a market survey. There is no talk of a purchase yet. MÁV-Start is considering a framework contract for 18 vehicles. The maximum speed could be 140-160 km/h. The vehicles would have 120 or 180 or 200 seats. The technology would be financed from the revenues of the European Union’s quota trading system under the Hungarian government’s Green Economy Financing Scheme.


Source: Daily News Hungary


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