- The President of the Generalitat visited Stadler’s facilities in Albuixech and announced a collaboration agreement.
- Ximo Puig has pointed out that the prototype will allow to study and demonstrate the feasibility of trams with hydrogen as their fuel.
The President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, has announced the launch of a collaboration agreement between Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat and Stadler to develop, on an experimental basis, a hydrogen tram-train in Alicante.
The President made these statements during his visit to Stadler’s facilities in Albuixech, where he was able to learn about the multinational company’s future projects, which was also attended by the Minister for Territorial Policy, Public Works and Mobility, Arcadi España. After the visit, the President highlighted that the prototype will allow to study and demonstrate the feasibility of trams that run on hydrogen, not only from the technological point of view but also from the economic point of view, as well as to check the stabilization of the use of this fuel. Puig has ensured that this is a further commitment to decarbonisation, which is one of the priorities of the Generalitat Valenciana in its fight against climate change.
During the event, the President highlighted the value of the Valencian train plant as an example of quality job creation and boosting industry. As he explained, it is a fully internationalised company with nearly 600 engineering staff, “creating an industrial power that contributes to the Valencian Community having a diversified economy, in which the industrial activity is very important”.
He also referred to the important contract established with Renfe for the renewal of its vehicles, for an amount close to one billion euros, with which the Albuixech factory “demonstrates its great competitiveness, as it did previously by winning other international agreements”. This is an important economic agreement with which the Valencian plant will increase the number of direct jobs, which will also have an impact on the productive fabric of the Valencian Community.
Decarbonisation and economic recovery
For his part, the Minister for Territorial Policy, Public Works and Mobility, Arcadi España, assured that Stadler, despite being a multinational, is a company deeply rooted in our productive and educational fabric, and explained that a large part of its professionals come from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and from Vocational Training centres in the Valencian Community. He also highlighted the competitiveness that distinguishes this company, as well as “its ability to innovate and make progress in new technologies applied to mobility”.
Lastly, the Minister assured that at this time “it is essential to have a clear plan and know how to connect sustainability and decarbonisation, in this space of mobility that Stadler represents, in order to also contribute to economic recovery”.