A fleet of the world’s first zero-emission passenger trains are to be introduced in Germany.
Alstom’s Coradia iLint trains are powered by hydrogen and only emit steam into the atmosphere, providing a zero-emission alternative to the country’s 4,000 diesel trains.
According to Die Welt, tests will be carried out by the end of the year, with the trains set to be in use by the public in December 2017. A fleet of 14 Coradia iLint trains are planned to service the Buxtehude-Bremervörde-Bremerhaven-Cuxhaven line in the German state of Lower Saxony. The announcement came soon after a German legislative body recently moved to ban petrol-powered cars in favour of electric vehicles by 2030.
The revolutionary zero-emission trains are powered by a hydrogen fuel tank, stored on the roof. The fuel cell is supplied with hydrogen and oxygen from the air, which it converts into electricity. The power system is backed up by lithium batteries, which store excess power that has been generated.
The trains were first presented at InnoTrans 2016, and are set to be the first hydrogen-powered train to regularly ferry people over long distances. Alstom claim the Coradia iLint trains have enough onboard hydrogen storage to power an 800km journey, with the capability to reach speeds of 140km per hour.
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