An anonymous reader quotes a CNN Travel post: The future of green travel may be here – and it’s Germany that’s leading the charge, with the first-ever rail line to run entirely on hydrogen-powered trains starting Wednesday. Fourteen fuel cell-powered hydrogen trains will run exclusively on the route to Bremervoorde, Lower Saxony. The €93 million ($92.3 million) deal was between state-owned subsidiary Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen (LVNG), the railway’s owners, and Alstom, builders of the Coradia iLint trains. The Elbe Weser Railway and Transport Company (EVB), which will operate the trains, and the gas and engineering company Linde are also part of the project.
The trains, five of which will debut on Wednesday, will gradually replace the 15 diesel trains currently on the route, with all 14 running exclusively by the end of the year. Just 1 kilogram of hydrogen fuel can do the same as about 4.5 kilograms of diesel fuel. Trains do not emit emissions and do not make noise, only steam and condensed water are emitted from the exhaust gases. They have a range of 1,000 kilometers (621 miles), which means they can run all day on a single tank of hydrogen. A hydrogen filling station has already been created on the route. Trains can reach a top speed of 140 kilometers per hour, or 87 miles per hour, although normal speeds on the line are much lower, between 80-120 kilometers per hour.