The hydrogen train – called the “Coradia iLint” – will be running from December 2017 on the Buxtehude-Bremervörde-Bremerhaven-Cuxhaven line in Lower Saxony, Germany.
The new train is CO2-emission-free and is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, stored in a hydrogen fuel tank on the roof of the train.
The train produces just steam and water as opposed to greenhouse gases and is less noisy than traditional trains.
Alstom Chairman and CEO, Henri Poupart-Lafarge, said: “Alstom is proud to launch a breakthrough innovation in the field of clean transportation which will complete its Coradia range of regional trains… It shows our ability to work in close collaboration with our customers and develop a train in only two years.”
The “hydrail” technology has been under development for the last 25 years, but engineers have focused on freight trains.
The East Japan Railway Company ran its first test for a hydrail railcar in 2006, and a Chinese company released the first hydrail tram, but Coradia will be the first hydrogen passenger train to run long distances.
One full tank enables the new train to travel between 600 and 800 kilometres.