The world’s first hydrogen passenger trains have arrived

An anonymous reader quotes a CNN Travel report: The future of eco-friendly travel may be here – and Germany is leading the charge, with the first railway line entirely operated by hydrogen trains, from Wednesday. Fourteen fuel cell-powered hydrogen trains will run exclusively on the Bremervorde route in Lower Saxony. The 93 million euro ($92.3 million) deal was struck by state subsidiary Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen (LVNG), the owners of the railway, and Alstom, builders of the Coradia iLint trains. The Elbe-Weser Railways and Transport Company (EVB), which will operate the trains, and the gas and engineering company Linde, are also part of the project.

The trains, including five which make their debut on Wednesday, will gradually replace the 15 diesel trains currently running on the route, with all 14 operating exclusively by the end of the year. Just 1 kilo of hydrogen can do the same as about 4.5 kilos of diesel. The trains are emission-free and quiet, with only steam and condensed water coming out of the exhaust. They have a range of 1,000 kilometers (621 miles), meaning they can run all day on the grid on a single tank of hydrogen. A hydrogen refueling station has already been set up on the route. Trains can go at a maximum of 140 km/h, or 87 mph, although regular speeds on the line are much lower, between 80 and 120 km/h.

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