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Fuel Cell Mireo Plus H To Be Trialled In Baden-Württemberg

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Railway Gazette.

This is the opening paragraph.

Deutsche Bahn and Siemens Mobility are to trial a fuel cell powered regional trainset in revenue service between Tübingen, Horb and Pforzheim in 2024, along with a green hydrogen fuelling plant.

These two paragraphs describe the train.

Siemens Mobility is to supply a two-car Mireo Plus H trainset derived from its Mireo Plus regional multiple-unit family, equipped with a newly developed hydrogen fuel cell drive and a lithium-ion battery.

The 1·7 MW traction power rating is expected to offer a comparable performance to the electric version, with an acceleration rate of 1·1 m/s² and a maximum speed of 160 km/h. Sufficient hydrogen will be stored onboard to give an operating range of up to 600 km, with the promoters envisaging that a three-car variant could have a range of 1 000 km.

The article doesn’t say anything about, whether the train can use electrification, but as the train is based on a conventional electric train, I would assume it is possible.


November 26, 2020 - Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , ,


  1. Siemens’ page seems to imply that they’re aiming these at completely unelectrified track with no ability to draw power from OLE. Their battery version OTOH is aimed squarely at partially electrified track, distances up to 120km.

    This trial seems to be part of a DB/Siemens project called H2goesRail. gives some more details (seems to be German only).

    Comment by Peter Robins | November 27, 2020 | Reply

  2. Though they’re still going ahead with this trial, I see Baden W have decided there is “no case for further consideration of hydrogen on economic and operational grounds” Germany is far ahead of GB with decarbonisation plans.

    I read recently that none of the German hydrogen trains has OLE equipment because of concern over sparks near the H tanks (being on the roof).

    Comment by Peter Robins | November 1, 2022 | Reply

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