Much noise has been made about hydrogen rail transport in recent months. With Europe leading the charge for the use case, media reports have cited various teething issues in the regions, while others have written off its potential altogether.
While large sums of money are being put towards trialling and commercially running hydrogen-powered trains to cover the gap in cost compared with conventional trains in the union, the application, as with any emerging technology, appears to be facing some challenges.
Europe is no stranger to rail. With over 200,000km of railway across the bloc in 20201, the transportation method continues to play a key role in the continent. In 2020, passengers travelled approximately 378 billion passenger kilometres, making it the second-largest market for rail passenger traffic globally2, according to Statista.
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