This follows a framework agreement signed in 2023 to procure up to 15 hydrogen-powered trains. These trains are scheduled for deployment on regional and local transport networks in Calabria, Italy.
Stadler, recognized for being the first manufacturer to develop narrow-gauge trains with hydrogen propulsion, has previously supplied hydrogen trains to ARST and for passenger transport in California. The recent agreement between FdC and Stadler, marking the second call-off, includes the delivery of three hydrogen trains for operation in Calabria by 2026. This order completes the fleet outlined in the July 2023 framework agreement, which encompasses a total of 15 hydrogen-propelled trains.
The initial agreement stipulated the delivery of six trains. The manufacturing of these trains, along with the newly ordered ones, will take place at Stadler's headquarters in Bussnang, Switzerland.
The new hydrogen trains, each approximately 50 meters long, will feature two passenger cars and a power pack. The lightweight aluminium structures and low-floor access are designed for energy efficiency and accessibility, accommodating 155 passengers, including those with reduced mobility, as well as passengers with pushchairs and bicycles. The trains will also comply with TSI standards, offering specific areas for easier access and exit, along with a PRM toilet.
Stadler's development of hydrogen-powered rail vehicles is part of their commitment to environmentally friendly rail travel, providing emission-free operation on routes without overhead lines. This contract with FdC marks the first hydrogen-powered narrow-gauge multiple unit for Calabria, with Stadler's sustainable railway solutions also being chosen by other Italian regions. The operation of these trains is anticipated to start in 2026.