The French Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region recently approved and ordered three hydrogen-electric trains from french manufacturer Alstom for its Lyon – Clermont-Ferrand line.
The Clermont-Ferrand line is targeted as it is a non-electrified section of about 130 kilometers and is one of the lines that consume the most diesel in France.
The trains are scheduled to enter service on the line in 2022.
A hydrogen production station in Clermont
“We know that hydrogen trains work, but we need to create hydrogen refueling points” says Eric Fournier, vice president in charge of the environment for the region.
A green hydrogen production station is planned to be built in Clermont-Ferrand.