Siemens working on fuel-cell-powered Mireo train

A Mireo trainset. Photo: Siemens.
A Mireo trainset. Photo: Siemens.

Siemens is partnering up with Canadian manufacturer Ballard Power Systems to develop a fuel-cell engine for its new Mireo train platform.

The two companies have signed a Development Agreement to produce a 200 kilowatt fuel-cell engine to power a Mireo multiple unit.

The first fuel-cell-powered Mireo could be running by 2021, Siemens and Ballard have announced.

The modular Mireo platform is built around a lightweight aluminium shell which, Siemens says, will reduce its energy consumption by up to 25 per cent.

Sabrina Soussan, chief executive of the Siemens Mobility Division, said: “Our cooperation with Ballard is a decisive step towards replacing diesel-powered rail vehicles with emissions-free vehicles in the long-term interests of sustainable and climate-friendly mobility.

“We want to be able to offer our customers flexible train solutions for various suburban routes, which vary according to regional conditions and technical possibilities.”

Randy MacEwen, Ballard president and CEO, said: “We are seeing rapid market demand growing for clean energy fuel-cell technology in a range of Heavy Duty Motive applications, including trains, trams, transit buses and commercial trucks.”


  1. Siemens might also manufacturer the Desiro and Desiro City Bi-Mode trains for the UK. Such as new Bi-Mode Desiro trains for East Midlands, West Midlands, Cornwall, Devon, Scotland and Wales. And new EMU Desiro trains for London & the Southeast.

    • So far Siemens have manufactured the Class 185’s DMU’s, Class 350’s, Class 360’s, Class 380’s, Class 444’s and Class 450’s EMU’s Desiro for Northern Trains, Transpennine Express, ScotRail, Heathrow Connect, South Western Railway (previously South West Trains), Greater Anglia and London Midland. And Class 360 Thailand EMU’s for Express Line and City Line that has been manufactured for the Bangkok City-Airport Rail Link (known as Airport Rail Link)

      And recently. Siemens have manufactured the Thameslink Class 700’s and SWR Class 707’s Desiro City EMU’s. With the Class 717’s Desiro City EMU’s to be manufactured from next year for Great Northern.


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