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Germany: Fleet of hydrogen-powered passenger trains


Germany: Fleet of hydrogen-powered passenger trains

 


‘Germany recently launched the world’s first fleet of hydrogen-powered passenger trains to replace 15 diesel trains running on non-electrified tracks in the state of Lower Saxony’.

Key Points

  • The new trains are equipped with a hydrogen tank and fuel cells on the roof and will produce electricity by combining water and hydrogen. The company revealed that the excess energy produced will be stored in ion-lithium batteries.
  • The estimated cost of this project is around 93-million-euro (USD 92 million).
  • These bright blue Coradia iLint trains are built by French TGV-maker Alstom, which are costlier than diesel powered trains but eco-friendly.
  • The green trains can travel 600 miles (1,000km) and a maximum speed of 140 kph (87 mph) on a single tank of hydrogen, similar to the range of diesel trains.

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Germany: Fleet of hydrogen-powered passenger trains