Hydrogen-powered trains on track for French rails

One of Germany’s hydrogen powered trains

Talks are taking place between the state railway SNCF and six regions about running hydrogen-electric powered trains on the TER regional train network in France.

Train maker Alstom, using an existing hybrid diesel-electric model called a Régiolis as a base, will build the trains in French factories, if the SNCF and the regions can agree on how to finance them.

At least three regions, Occitanie, Nouvelle Aquitaine and Grand Est, have said they are in favour of using hydrogen trains.

Régiolis trains are designed with four carriages having their own power units, rather than being pulled by ...

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