world’s first zero-emissions train completes inaugural voyage through germany

world’s first zero-emissions train completes inaugural voyage through germany


the world’s only hydrogen powered train has uccessfully completed its first journey along a test track in germany. the french rail company alstom are the masterminds behind the fuel-cell passenger train, which goes from a to b without emitting a single molecute of carbon dioxide. the train, named the coradia iLint is the first ever train to complete a journey using only electrical power from a hydrogen fuel cell, and can reach speeds of 80 km/h. the zero-emissions train is completely silent, and gives off only steam and condensed water when it runs.




coradia iLint is special for its combination of different innovative elements that enable it to run off only hydrogen, including a clean energy conversion, flexible energy storage in batteries, and a smart manaement of traction power and available energy. didier pfleger, VP of alstom germany and austria, explains thatthe test run is a significant milestone in environmental protection and technical innovation. with the coradia iLint and its fuel cell technology, alstom is the first railway manufacturer to offer a zero-emission alternative for mass transit trains, which is a major step towards cleaner mobility in europe.’




alstom plan to continue testing the vehicle over coming months, before the train is set to perform it’s first passenger journey at the beginning of 2018. the company has already signed letters of intent for 60 trains with germany alone.





  • Dear Beatrice,
    Yes interesting, but without the range, fuel cell sizes, battery capacity (brake energy recovery) ect…. your article is no more then the PR handout. Please do your journalist job and tell us what is behind the PR splurge.

    R Hellemans
  • Great project.
    Additional information: “The Coradia iLint was designed by Alstom teams in Germany at Salzgitter’s site, centre of excellence for regional trains and in France notably in Tarbes, centre of excellence for traction systems and Ornans for the motors. This project benefits from the support of the German ministry of Transport and Digital infrastructure” (source:


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