The Coradia iLint hydrogen trains from Germany's Alstom plant are on sale for the first time this Monday in commercial service in the north of the country.

They replace the current diesel fleet, run at 140 km / h and do not emit greenhouse gases or fine particles. The trains will be refueled in a mobile hydrogen distribution station.

Recharged in hydrogen supplied by the German industrial gas specialist Linde, they will be able, with a full, to travel 1,000 kilometers. Either drive for a day through this flat territory.

"The gaseous hydrogen will be injected into the trains from a steel container about 12 meters high, near the tracks in Bremervörde station ," Alstom said in a statement. With a full, the trains will have a total autonomy of 1,000 kilometers, which will allow them to circulate on the network for a whole day. "

A stationary distribution station in EVB's facilities will be opened in 2021. At that time, the French manufacturer will also have to deliver 14 new Coradia iLint trains.

The Coradia iLint emitting only water vapor aims to replace polluting diesel locomotives that continue to circulate on the rail networks.

In France, the Infrastructure Orientation Council (IOC), in its report published on 1 February, expressed the wish to look into this technology.

"We want to promote the development of hydrogen trains and we advise delaying the electrification of unaccompanied railway lines , " said Philippe Duron, IOC President during the presentation of the report.

In France, a significant part of the TER fleet still runs on diesel, because of the lack of electrification of the lines.

Boby Dean for DayNewsWorld