Saudi Arabia Railways (SAR), in partnership with Alstom, a global leader in smart and sustainable mobility, is operating and demonstrating the hydrogen-powered Coradia iLint train (earlier post) in Riyadh in October.
This demonstration marks the first introduction of a hydrogen-powered train in the Middle East and Africa. The collaboration between SAR and Alstom signifies a strong focus by the Kingdom to identify and to test innovative sustainable mobility solutions to reduce carbon emissions from transport and meet Vision 2030 targets set by the Kingdom’s leadership.
The demonstration follows the memorandum of understanding signed by SAR and Alstom in September 2022 to develop or adapt hydrogen solutions for the needs of the Kingdom. Alstom’s Coradia iLint will travel 0 to 20 kilometers on Riyadh’s East Network’s Line 1 or Line 2.
The Coradia iLint is powered by hydrogen fuel cells that generate electrical energy for propulsion. Last year, the train travelled 1,175 km without refueling its hydrogen tanks. Alstom has developed hydrogen traction solutions across multiple platforms and has signed several contracts for hydrogen fuel cell-powered trains. The first two fleets started commercial passenger service in Germany last year.