The world’s first 100% hydrogen-powered train starts running in Germany

“The world’s first hydrogen train, the Coradia iLint, demonstrates our clear commitment to green mobility combined with state-of-the-art technology. We are very proud to bring this technology into series operation as part of a world premiere, together with our great partners.”

Just 2.2 pounds (1 kg) of hydrogen fuel can do the same as around 9.9 pounds (4.5 kg) of diesel.

As CNN reported, fourteen hydrogen trains were powered by fuel cell propulsion. A $93 million deal has been signed between state subsidiary Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen (LVNG) and Alstom.

The Elbe-Weser Railways and Transport Company (EVB), which will operate the trains, and gas and engineering company Linde, are also part of the project.

The trains, launched on Wednesday, will gradually replace the 15 trains currently servicing.

Trains can run the whole day

The trains are emissions-free and low-noise, with only steam and condensed water issuing from the exhaust. They have a range of 621 miles (1,000 km). It means that each train can run the entire day with a single tank of hydrogen.

The trains can go at a maximum of 140 kph, or 87mph, though regular speeds on the line are much less, between 80-120 kph.

The world's first 100% hydrogen-powered train starts running in Germany

The train’s exhaust emits only steam and condensed water.

President of Lower Saxony, Stephan Weil, called the news a “model for the rest of the world” and “a milestone on the road to climate neutrality in the transport sector.”

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