station of Bremervörde in Lower Saxony on Monday, marking a world first for the
new transport technology.
100-kilometer (62-mile) route linking the towns of Cuxhaven and Buxtehude, with
14 other hydrogen trains set to be introduced across the state by 2021. The
new-type engines are produced by the French company Alstom.
service and is ready for serial production,” Alstom CEO Henri
Poupart-Lafarge said during the unveiling ceremony in Bremervörde, which
will serve as a refueling site.
produce electricity by combining hydrogen and oxygen. Excess energy is stored
in ion lithium batteries. The engines can run for around 1,000 kilometers
without refueling and reach a maximum speed 140 kilometers per hour (87 miles
per hour), similar to diesel trains.
and liquid water. The manufacturers claim that the new trains are also quieter
and less costly to operate.
diesel train, but it is cheaper to run,” Stefan Schrank, the project’s
manager at Alstom, told the AFP news agency.
million) for the project, in line with Germany’s long-term initiative to drastically cut pollution and increase
the use of renewable fuel by 2050.
trains, including the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Italy and Canada.
train on rails by 2022.