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Germany plans to bring the world’s first trains powered by hydrogen fuel cells into service, with 14 emission-free trains due to transport passengers in Lower Saxony from 2021.
The trains will be built by France’s Alstom at its site in Salzgitter to replace diesel trains running between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude.
Germany and French company Alstom have signed an agreement that will see 14 hydrogen-powered trains built and used in the country by 2021. On a single hydrogen tank, the trains can travel 1,000 kilometers and reach a top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph).
“This represents a real breakthrough in rail transportation”, said Alstom’s senior vice president for Europe, Gian Luca Erbacci. “For the first time, worldwide, a hydrogen-fuelled passenger regional train will replace diesel trains.
The agreement signed on Thursday by Lower Saxony’s local transport authority, Alstom and Linde – which will supply the hydrogen filling station – coincided with climate talks in Bonn in which almost 200 countries are trying to bolster a global climate accord.
GERMANY CHOOSING HYDROGEN OVER DIESEL
The agreement and subsequent announcement arrives around the same time as climate change discussions were taking place in Bonn, Germany. During these talks, nearly 200 countries came together in an attempt to improve their climate change plans and develop a a global climate accord.
Hydrogen-powered vehicles, much like Toyota’s hydrogen powered trucks, only emit water vapors during operation, making them an incredibly eco-friendly alternative to diesel that won’t produce harmful emissions and worsen global warming. Alongside the efforts of other Automakers like Honda, and projects like Project Hesla, it’s become apparent that people want to invest in hydrogen fuel cells, as its both cheaper and better for our environment.