Germany is about to introduce the first zero emission train in the world that is powered by hydrogen.
The train, to be known as the Coradia iLint, powered by hydrogen will only emit steam to the atmosphere and provide an alternative to diesel trains.
According to reports from The Independent testing is set to be carried out by the end of the year, before it opens up to the public in December 2017. The train was first presented at Berlin’s InnoTrans trade show in August, and it is set to be the first hydrogen-powered train to regularly ferry people over long distances.
Already there is interest from the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway for the train.
The iLint is powered by huge lithium ion batteries, and these get their energy from a hydrogen fuel tank on the roof of the train.
The hydrail can travel almost 500 miles per day at speeds of up to 87mph, and the only sound it gives off comes from the wheels and air resistance.