In August 2022, Germany launched the world's first hydrogen powered passenger train in a bid to tackle climate change and lower their carbon emissions. The new fleet will eventually consist of twenty-seven new hydrogen-powered trains in total and is replacing an older fleet of diesel trains on the regional route.
The hydrogen-powered trains will cover a distance of 1,000 kilometres and boasts top speeds of 140kmph, only emitting steam and condensed water as they travel across rail lines. When compared to the old diesel fleet of trains, the new hydrogen-powered fleet are much more environmentally friendly. This is certainly a step in the right direction for Germany, and will help to decarbonise the public transport industry.
The route will run between several different locations, including Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude, where there will also be a hydrogen filling station.
Eventually, Germany hopes to phase out all 126 of their diesel-powered trains in a further effort to decarbonise their public transport sector. Hopefully, these plans will inspire other countries around the world to build towards constructing a greener transport sector.