According to the German newspaper Die Welt, the world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger train was unveiled this week by French transit Company Alstom. The new vehicle will start to make trips in Germany already in the end of the 2017.
Extremely quiet Coradia iLint passenger train is powered by hydrogen fuel cells only, which emit only steam and condensed water. The fuel tank with hydrogen is located on top of the roof , and powers the fuel cells in order to produce the electrical energy. Company hopes, that such hydrogen-fueled trains can totally replace all Europe’s diesel-burning ones.
The train is supposed to run on the Buxtehude-Bremervorde-Bremerhaven-Cuxhaven line in the Lower Saxony. The local authorities already ordered 14 such trains. Testing and approval of these trains will be held in the fall of 2016 and is planned to be finished by the end of 2017.
The Coradia iLunt is for sure the first world’s hydrogen -powered passenger train, but not the first vehicle to run on hydrogen fuel cells. Mostly such prototypes have been designed in Japan before.