• A rail transport company has built the world's first hydrogen-powered train, replacing diesel.
  • The train is eco-friendly, runs on tracks that haven't been electrified, and lasts longer.
  • The train can also be quickly refuelled and has a range of 1,000km with a top speed of roughly 140 km/h.

The world's first hydrogen-powered commuter train, the Coradia iLint, has begun running in Germany, replacing diesel locomotives on tracks that have not been electrified.

World's first hydrogen-powered commuter train.

Manufacturer Alstom is planning on delivering 14 more of the trains, at a cost of R1.3 billion (€81 million). That is more expensive than the diesel alternative, but more eco-friendly, and expected to be longer lasting. 

The Alstom-built Coradia iLint running on tracks that haven't been electrified.

"A train like this will be used for about 30 years," according to Stefan Shrank, Alstom Coradia iLint's project manager.

Shrank says the train is financially viable and can be quickly refuelled, with a range of 1,000km and a top speed of roughly 140 km/h.

The Coradia iLint.

Other countries are hoping to follow suit, backing the use of hydrogen as an alternative to fossil fuels.

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