German trains will stop using diesel by 2040
German trains will completely phase out diesel by 2040 and switch to biofuel as the main alternative, train operator Deutsche Bahn said on Sunday.
“Our 3,000 diesel vehicles will be gradually switched to alternative fuels from this year,” said Deutsche Bahn chief executive Richard Lutz.
“In addition to the switch to 100% electric, the phasing out of diesel by 2040 is part of our central ecological plans.
The group intends to rely, among other things, on biofuels, which must be produced from leftovers and waste so that fuel production does not compete with food production.
As for new vehicles, the company said it would only purchase hydrogen or battery-powered engines in the future.
Deutsche Bahn’s freight subsidiary DB Cargo announced similar goals in mid-January, including the use of so-called dual-power locomotives.
These can switch between a conventional diesel drive and a modern electric drive and can therefore be used both on electrified tracks and on branch lines without overhead lines.