A French transit company has recently announced the world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger train, which will start making the trips in Germany at the end of the next year. The train is not yet launched and is going through the experiments. This new kind of train which was unveiled at an annual trade show in Berlin is called Coradia Lint and it stores a hydrogen fuel tank on the roof.
By the end of 2017, Coradia Lint will start running on the Buxtehude-Bremervörde-Bremerhaven-Cuxhaven railway line in the northwestern German state of Lower Saxony. This train has a capacity of up to 300 passengers, including the seats for 150. The maximum speed of this train is 140 km/h. The hydrogen stored in the tanks gets mixed with the oxygen from air and generates power, which gets stored in the Li-ion batteries. This power is enough to take this train on the distances of up to 497 miles with 300 passengers.
It is also claimed to run without any sound. The company claims that it is one of the only railway manufacturers in the world to build a fuel-cell-powered train.
It is a modern CO2-emission-free passenger train and it is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. In simple words, Coradia Lint does not produce CO2, only steam, and water as byproducts. According to the manufacturer of this train, the company will provide the maintenance services and support for the trains and will build the hydrogen plants as well as train cars.
The experts are testing this train and if everything goes as planned, Germany will develop 60 more such trains by late 2017. The company has not revealed the price of this train but the tech analysts are expecting that the company will announce everything very soon.