During the Berlin InnoTrans trade show, France’ Alstom unveiled the Coradia iLint, the world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger train, and it is bound to make its home in Germany.
As hydrogen stored in tanks mix with oxygen from the air, it produces enough energy to take the train on distances of up to 800 kilometers (497 miles) with 300 passengers on board. Not only is the train essentially emissions-free, but it is also very quiet on the ears. The only noise comes from sound of air resistance and the wheels making contact with the track.
If things move ahead as planned, Germany should start seeing 60 or more of these trains hitting the rails in Nordrhein-Westfalen by late 2017 or early 2018. Until then though, there is still quite a bit of testing to be done before the train is deemed ready for normal passenger use.