Striking a landmark agreement, Stadler will provide the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) and Caltrans with four state-of-the-art hydrogen-powered trains, with an option to acquire up to 25 additional train sets.
A partnership between Stadler and the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) paved the way for the creation of the very first hydrogen-powered train in North America. The groundbreaking vehicle was unveiled to the world at two international events: InnoTrans 2022 and APTA EXPO 2023, capturing the attention of industry partners, transit agencies, rail enthusiasts, and environmental advocates alike.
Bringing Hydrogen to Passenger Rail
Stadler's new hydrogen train has undergone extensive testing in both Switzerland and the U.S. The successful trials have led to an unprecedented decision by CalSTA and Caltrans to embark on this innovative path alongside Stadler.
The contract represents the next phase in the collaboration, introducing a further developed SBCTA model with enhanced transport capacity. It demonstrates Caltrans' commitment to investing in cutting-edge technology that will help California meet its ambitious zero-emission rail mandate.
“Our design of the battery fuel-cell train is changing the U.S. rolling stock industry for alternative propulsion systems, combining the typical Stadler top quality and reliability. We're driving innovation that's not just transforming railways, but the very essence of sustainable transportation in America,” said Martin Ritter, CEO at Stadler US. “This contract is a testament to our relentless pursuit of sustainable, eco-friendly transportation solutions, and we are thrilled to play a pivotal role in California's journey towards a cleaner, greener future.”