The ‘revolution’ begins with world’s first hydrogen-powered train

The world’s first hydrogen fuel cell train has hit the tracks, embarking on its first 100km journey in Germany and marking the beginning of the next generation of hydrogen-powered trains.

With two hydrogen trains now in commercial passenger service in Germany, these trains are equipped with fuel cells that convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity, reaching speeds of 140km/h.

Fueled at a mobile hydrogen filling station, one tank can run throughout the network for an entire day (the equivalent of 1000km).

Alstom chief executive Henri Poupart-Lafarge who was responsible for building the train said it marks a “revolution for Alstom and for the future of mobility”.

“The world’s first hydrogen fuel cell train is entering passenger service and is ready for serial production.

“The Coradia iLint heralds a new era in emission-free rail transport. It is an innovation that results from French-German teamwork and exemplifies successful cross-border cooperation.”

Dr. Bernd Althusmann, Lower Saxony’s minister of economy and transport, says he’s impressed with the results.

“The emission-free drive technology of the Coradia iLint provides a climate-friendly alternative to conventional diesel trains, particularly on non-electrified lines.

“In successfully proving the operability of the fuel cell technology in daily service, we will set the course for rail transport to be largely operated climate-friendly and emission-free in the future,” Althusmann says.

Source: EV Talk – World’s first hydrogen-powered train marks ‘revolution’

26 Sept 2018

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