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Hydrogen CAF train covers 804 km without refuelling

12 March 2024
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The hydrogen CAF Civia 463 at the station in Cáceres
The hydrogen CAF Civia 463 at the station in Cáceres. Source: CAF
Ivolgina Anna, Editorial Contributor to International Projects, ROLLINGSTOCK Agency
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Stolchnev Alexey, Russian Projects Editor, ROLLINGSTOCK Agency

Spain: The three-car train travelled from the north to south of Spain, from Madrid to Mérida via Talavera de la Reina, Monfragüe, and Cáceres.

The train is said to have passed the distance without consuming the total amount of H2 stored. No information was previously available on the operational range. The testing in different climatic and operational conditions in Spain started in the summer of 2023 and is to be finished in December.

The CAF Civia 463 EMU has been fitted with a hybrid engine with Toyota hydrogen fuel cells under the €14 mln EU-Project FCH2RAIL. The project is implemented by the eponymous consortium, which includes CAF, the national operator Renfe, ADIF, and other companies.

Recently, the FCH2RAIL shared the train’s 3D rendering on its website, showing the exterior, driver’s cab, interior, roof with hydrogen fuel cells, and pantograph as well as the traction system located between the cars.

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