Germany steams ahead with hydrogen trains

Sep 18, 2018, 9:21 AM EDT

A historic train journey in northern Germany on Monday could be the beginning of a much-needed end to the dominance of polluting diesel trains and takes us one step closer to green transportation, free from fossil fuels that envenom our environment.

On Monday, Germany launched the world’s first hydrogen-powered trains on a 100-km stretch between the cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude, making a switch to a transport mode that produces zero emissions and very little noise, reports Deutsche Welle.

These hydrogen-powered trains, manufactured by French company Alstom, are costlier than diesel engine but cheaper to run and can hit the top speed of 140 km/h, covering up to 1,000 km on a single tank of hydrogen, notes Futurism.