Stadler Rail and the State of California have signed an agreement for the delivery of six more hydrogen trains. This is the exercise of an option included in the 25-train contract from last October. In total, Stadler will deliver 10 FLIRT H2 hydrogen units to California.

The six state-of-the-art hydrogen-powered trains will be delivered by Stadler Rail to the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) and operated by Caltrans.

 "Together with our several units, we are working to decarbonise rail transport in the US. We thank CalSTA and Caltrans for their trust and look forward to deepening our partnership," said Martin Ritter, CEO of Stadler US.

"Given the limited electrification on U.S. rail lines, FLIRT H2 is proving particularly significant. Hydrogen technology enables sustainable mobility because it is an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional powertrains," added Ansgar Brockmeyer, Executive Vice President Marketing and Sales at Stadler.

Stadler will supply the USA with FLIRT H2 units, which have already undergone intensive testing in Switzerland and the USA. Full operation with the first units is expected to begin shortly. This is not a cheap affair. According to, one unit costs CZK 460 million.


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