Zero-emissions train that only emits steam

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Germany is set to host the world's first zero-emission, hydrogen passenger train which should kick into gear next year.

The Coradia iLint only emits excess steam into the atmosphere, and provides an alternative to the country’s 4,000 diesel cars currently in circulation in Germany. Testing of the new silent train, which was first presented at Berlin’s InnoTrans trade show in August, is set to be carried out by the end of the year.

The hydrogen, or hydrail, train is set to run on the Buxtehude-Bremervörde-Bremerhaven-Cuxhaven line in Lower Saxony in December 2017, German newspaper Die Welt reported.

The train operates using a hydrogen fuel tank, stored on the roof of the vehicle, that in turn powers a fuel cell to produce electrical energy, its only emission being steam and condensed water while operating with a low level of noise.

Alstom claims enough onboard hydrogen storage capacity for a 497-mile range, and quotes a top speed of 87 mph.

This launch follows the Letters-of-Intent signed in 2014 with the German Landers of Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, and the Public Transportation Authorities of Hesse for the use of a new generation of emission-free train equipped with fuel cell drive.

Alstom is proud to launch a breakthrough innovation in the field of clean transportation which will complete its Coradia range of regional trains. It shows our ability to work in close collaboration with our customers and develop a train in only two years,” declared Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Alstom Chairman and CEO. 

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via IndependentUK

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