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French Firm Promises Hydrogen Fuel Cell Train By End of 2017

Travel Technology Gabe Zaldivar September 23, 2016

French Firm Promises Hydrogen Fuel Cell Train By End of 2017

Photo courtesy Alstom

There are certainly things that sound cooler than a hydrogen-powered train. But for the life of us, we can’t think of any at this moment.

Engadget reports on a new technologically advanced train that is planned to set rail in Germany at about December 2017.

And this isn’t just any train. It’s one that when described sounds like something James Bond or one of his archenemies might ride in their downtime.

The entire enterprise is outlined on French firm Alstom’s website, which delves into the budding train revolution now known as the Coradia iLint.

The following video will give you some semblance of its impact on infrastructure as well as the environment.

The press release spells out the benefits of such an undertaking: “Coradia iLint is a new CO2-emission-free regional train and alternative to diesel power. It is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, its only emission being steam and condensed water while operating with a low level of noise.”

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Similar innovations are happening all over the world. Notably in the form of automobiles that are continuing to evolve into electric-powered, autonomous rides.

But we also recently noted that Hurtigruten is in the initial throes of producing hybrid ships that would also cut down on emissions.

Engadget notes that what has slowed hydrogen fuel cells in cars may actually stave off a fuel cell revolution along Europe’s rails.

The publication reminds that train depots would have to be outfitted with hydrogen stations to power these innovative trains.

But if that can be worked out then the future is very bright indeed. While an initial version, the Coradia iLint would move about 800 km (or almost 500 miles) on a single tank. And it can squire 300 eco-friendly passengers around the region.

The eco-evolution of just about every aspect of the world’s travel industry is getting an upgrade of some form. And each seems to be far kinder to the planet.