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Hydrogen-powered train makes its debut in Sweden
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Hydrogen-powered train makes its debut in Sweden

Hydrogen-powered trains are now a reality in Sweden.

The country on Wednesday (August 25) announced the deployment of Alstom’s iLint passenger train in Östersund, to highlight the potential for hydrogen-powered transport.

Believed to be the world’s first and only operational passenger train powered by hydrogen fuel cells, the Coradia iLint is designed specifically for use on non-electrified lines to enable clean and sustainable train operations.

Sweden is not the first country to deploy the iLint, however, the hydrogen-powered innovation is already running in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands – and will soon hit Italian railways.

Commenting on the latest placement, Rob Whyte, CEO of Alstom Nordics, said, “The Coradia iLint trains represent a huge opportunity for Sweden to reduce CO2 emissions and even decarbonise rail transport.

“Thanks to hydrogen-powered public transport, regional operators can be beacons of modern mobility, as experienced recently in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria – that have tested and are implementing (or planning to implement) hydrogen trains.”

Alstom presented the train to a variety of local stakeholders, including regional operators, transport authorities, government decision makers and leading media

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