World’s first fully solar-powered train hits the track

Dec 19, 2017, 6:50 AM EST

A new, green journey kicked off on Saturday as the world’s first fully solar-powered train left a station in New South Wales, Australia. The 100-seater train, equipped with solar panels on the roof and pit stops, clocks entire 3 kilometers of its route on clean energy, showing that solar energy could be a viable solution for passenger transportation.

Unlike cars, which have much lower surface area for solar panels and also move in light and shadow, trains have a fixed route and much more space to tap solar energy for transit, notes Futurism.

Byron Bay Railroad Company, the maker of this solar train, credited the “accelerated development of (solar) technology” for making the idea a reality, writes Inhabitat.