The Guardian reports that French-made Alstom hydrogen-powered trains have now entered commercial service in Germany. The trains, which are capable of 1,000km on a full tank, have the same range as their diesel counterparts.
Alstom is betting on the technology as a greener, quieter alternative to diesel on non-electrified railway lines – an attractive prospect to many German cities scrambling to combat air pollution.
“Sure, buying a hydrogen train is somewhat more expensive than a diesel train, but it is cheaper to run,” Stefan Schrank, the project’s manager at Alstom, said.
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