The world’s first hydrogen-powered train
In September 2016, French rail company Alstom unveiled the world’s first zero-emission, hydrogen-powered passenger train: the Coradia iLint. The Coradia iLint will be powered solely on hydrogen and lithium battery stores located on the roof of the train.
The train is currently being tested on a 60-mile stretch along northern Germany where, if testing proves successful, it will be available to the public by December 2017. It is currently said to be able to hold up to 300 passengers, reach speeds of 87 mph (140 kmh), and complete a 497 mile (800 km) journey.
The hydrail, or hydrogen-powered train, works when a fuel cell collects hydrogen and oxygen in the air and converts it into electrical power. Lithium-ion batteries store excess energy available for later use. Both a fuel cell and 207 lb (94 kg) hydrogen tank are needed for every two train cars.
Four German states have already requested implementation of the hydrail into their current transportation networks, and by 2030, Germany plans to ban all petrol-powered vehicles.