Alstom, a French company, announced the launch of the world's first hydrogen train, Coradia iLint.
This regional train throws only steam and water condensate, working with low noise levels, and Alstom says the company's goal is to contribute to the establishment of the most environmentally friendly railway network in the world.
"Emission-free mobility is one of the most important goals for a sustainable future," said Henri Pupar-Lafarge, Director General and Chairman of Alstom. "The world's first hydrogen train, Coradia iLint, is a great example of green mobility."
A total of 1 kg of hydrogen fuel is also effective, as 4.5 kg of diesel, and the hydrogen trains will gradually replace the 15 models currently operating in Lower Saxony.
Coradia iLint has a capacity of 1,000 km. This means that only one hydrogen tank per day will make it operational. The train moves at a speed of not more than 140 km/h, although the normal speed on the line is much lower, ranging from 80 to 120 km/h.
The project is supported by the Government of Germany and the development of Coradia iLint is funded by the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies in the country.
According to CNN, the next destination of the trains is Frankfurt, and 27 trains have already been ordered for the region.