Germany unveils world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger trains

The world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger trains have been unveiled.

As the country seeks solutions to climate change, the world’s first hydrogen-powered trains are here to help. CNN Travel reports that the trains come as part of a $92.3 million deal between Germany’s state subsidiary Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen (LVNG) and Alstom, maker of Coradia iLint trains. Work on the scheme has been going on since 2012.

Five out of fourteen trains debuted on Wednesday. They are set to run only on the route to Bremervoorde, Lower Saxony. Instead of harming emissions, trains will emit steam and condensed water from their exhaust. CNN Travel reports that 14 trains will eventually replace 15 diesel-powered trains.

The Elbe-Weser Railway and Transport Company (EVB) will also operate the locomotive. “Emissions-free mobility is one of the most important goals to ensure a sustainable future,” Alstom CEO Henri Popart-Lafarge said in a statement.

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