Germany has been trying to build a hydrogen train since 2014, as numerous German municipalities fought to reduce or eliminate diesel entirely and it seems like their hard work has finally paid off.
Produced by Alsom in Salzgitter, the Coradia iLint is the first hydrogen train in the world that will be boarded by commuters.
“The world’s first hydrogen train is entering into commercial service and is ready for serial production.” Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Alstom CEO said during the unveiling ceremony that took place in Bremervvörde.
The train is equipped with diel cells that convert hydrogen and oxygen in electricity, hence eliminating the polluting emissions. The excess energy is stored on ion lithium batteries placed on board the train.
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The train will run on 100Km worth of rail, connecting Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude and will replace the existing diesel fleet that had been operating the route until now.
The operational tests have begun recently and, if everything goes according to plan, Alstom plans to extend their business to the other neighboring countries, such as France and Italy, who have expressed an interest.