See photos of the world’s first hydrogen passenger train in service in Germany as Europe tries to wean itself off Russian oil

AFP / Jean MACDOUGALL

  • The world’s first completely emission-free, hydrogen-powered train is officially running in Germany.

  • The automaker says the trains are a “real alternative to diesel” as Europe tries to wean itself off Russian oil.

  • Discover the photos of the first hydrogen train in the world.

The world’s first hydrogen-powered train officially started picking up passengers in Germany last Monday.

The train cost $86 million, according to a report by Fuel Cell Works, and will begin by ferrying passengers between stops just outside Hamburg.

Fuel Cell Works says initial service on the train is “preliminary” and that older diesel-powered trains will serve as a back-up in case adjustments are needed during the first few months of service.

Alstom, the company that developed the trains, says the emission-free trains represent “a real alternative to diesel”.

The deployment of the trains comes as Germany and other European countries attempt to wean themselves off Russian oil and gas imports – even resorting to turning off lights and heating – to comply with European sanctions following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Here are pictures of the world’s first hydrogen train.

The trains, called Coradia iLint, which are powered by hydrogen fuel cells, were first shown to the public in 2016.

Alstom's Coradia iLint train, the first in the world to be powered by hydrogen

Alstom’s Coradia iLint train, the first in the world to be powered by hydrogenFRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP

The trains can reach a maximum speed of 140 hm or 89 mph, according to the manufacturer Alstom.

Hydrogen train interior

Interior of the trainAlstom

The EPA says hydrogen vehicles generate water and heat as by-products rather than regular vehicle exhaust emissions that contribute to pollution.

An employee of the train manufacturer Alstom checks a Coradia iLint hydrogen train

An employee of the train manufacturer Alstom checks a Coradia iLint hydrogen trainphoto alliance / Contributor

Source: EPA

The train also emits “low noise levels”, according to its manufacturer, Alstom.

Employees refuel a hydrogen train

Employees refuel the hydrogen trainJulian Stratenschulte/picture alliance

Alstom began developing the trains in 2014 and tested them in 2018. Now the trains are officially fully operational for passengers.

Hydrogen train interior

Hydrogen train interiorAlstom

Hydrogen trains are also being tested in France, Poland, Sweden and Austria, among other places.

Alstom's hydrogen train

Alstom’s hydrogen trainAlstom/Christoph Busse

Read the original article on Business Insider

Jose P. Rogers