The fastest hydrogen-powered train to date, China has unveiled a new hydrogen/ supercapacitor train that can travel at speeds of 100 mph( 160 km/ h). The first hydrogen-powered train passenger train in China was created jointly by state-owned industrial behemoth CRRC( the largest rail vehicle manufacturer in the world) and Chengdu Rail Transit. It has a range of 373 miles( 600 kilometers) and emits nothing but water, making it an emissions-free train. Here are the specifics.
The autonomous driving ability of this train, which is made possible by 5G communication technology, is one of its key characteristics. Additionally, the train can automatically wake up, start, stop, and return to the factory. The CRRC trains can outrun German trains at speeds of about 20 km/ h( 12 mph), despite the fact that Germany currently leads the world in hydrogen trains with 14 in service. However, the current range of German trains is much wider, at 620 miles( 1, 000 km).
It is important to note that China is currently leading the way in terms of the actual deployment of hydrogen refueling stations, despite Japan and South Korea being the most vocal nations in support of green hydrogen as a transportation option. There are only over 1, 000 hydrogen refueling stations worldwide, with China accounting for about a third of them, according to Information Trends statistics.
China's action is significant because it now quietly develops hydrogen at top speed and controls a large portion of the lithium battery supply chain. As the lithium crunch threatens to drive up prices and prevent it with hydrogen alternatives, pushing for an electric revolution seems reasonable.