HeiterBlick GmbH from Leipzig is developing a unique innovation together with the Chemnitz companies Hörmann Vehicle Engineering and Flexiva Automation & Robotik: Europe’s first hydrogen fuel cell-powered tram.
The project was recently launched by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) with the approval of the funding surcharge. The project is funded by the BMVI with a total of 2.1 million euros as part of the National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP 2). The funding guidelines are coordinated by NOW GmbH and implemented by Project Management Jülich (PtJ).
The prototype of the hydrogen fuel cell-powered tram will be presented over the next four years. The new type of drive enables urban tram operators to develop new routes – where, for ecological, urban planning or traffic-related reasons, overhead lines are difficult or impossible to implement. New city districts and outskirts can thus be developed much more easily.