The world’s first zero-emissions hydrogen powered trains started their commercial run in Germany on Monday. Developed by French rail manufacturer Alstom, the two eco-friendly “Coradia iLint” trains can travel up to 140 km per hour and can run for approximately 1,000 kilometers on a single tank.
The two trains were unveiled at a ceremony at the Bremervorde station where the trains stop to refuel with hydrogen.
In addition to the two Coradia iLint trains worth 81 million euro ($94.6 million), Alstom plans to build 14 more zero-emission trains for other states in Germany by the year 2021.
“Sure, buying a hydrogen train is somewhat expensive than a diesel train, but it is cheaper to run,” Alstom’s project manager Stefan Schrank said.