posted on 26th Oct 2020 15:17
When the State Secretary of the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing puts a personal hand on the construction of a filling station, it must be a very special project. In fact, the filling station that will be built in Industriepark Höchst in the next few months is anything but ordinary: it is the first hydrogen filling station for passenger trains in Hessen and the second worldwide, where the world's largest fuel cell train fleet in passenger traffic will be supplied with hydrogen from December 2022.
State Secretary Deutschendorf gave the starting signal for this project on 26 October, together with RMV-Managing Director Knut Ringat, Managing Director of Alstom Germany and Austria Jörg Nikutta, and Joachim Kreysing, Managing Director of the industrial park operator Infraserv Höchst. Alstom is supplying the fuel cell trains that RMV will use, while Infraserv Höchst, the operator of the industrial park, is building and operating the filling station.
Knut Ringat, RMV Managing Director, said: „For RMV, the project has a very special significance. With Alstom's fuel cell trains, we are opening up a new chapter of emission-free mobility at RMV. With the 27 vehicles, we are setting a world record: Nowhere else is there such a large fuel cell fleet in local public transport. I am delighted that we are able to complete this project on schedule and on budget.“ The total order volume is 500 million EUR.
The iLint HMUs will replace the diesel-powered trains on the lines RB 11 (Frankfurt-Höchst - Bad Soden), RB12 (Frankfurt - Königstein), RB15 (Frankfurt - Bad Homburg - Brandoberndorf) and RB16 (Friedrichsdorf - Friedberg).