Germany launched the world's first hydrogen cell express train, developed by the French company Alstom. It was named Coradia iLint and will run in Lower Saxony between Bremerferd, Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven and Buxtehude.
Currently, most of Germany's railways - usually the busiest destinations - are served by electric trains, and the remainder by diesel. According to experts, electrifying all branches is impractical. Diesel locomotives will eventually be replaced by more environmentally friendly hydrogen-fueled locomotives.
The train's capacity is 300 passengers with 150 seats. It can travel at a speed of 140 km / h and go without refueling up to 1000 km. The fuel cell and the hydrogen fuel it needs are stored in a tank on the locomotive's roof. The element converts hydrogen energy into electricity, which propels the train.
The main advantages of Coradia iLint are the absence of harmful emissions and almost silent operation.