China launches world’s first hybrid electric tram powered by hydrogen fuel cells

The world’s first hybrid electric tram powered by hydrogen fuel cells was launched in China’s Tangshan city, north China’s Hebei Province to give big boost to green energy in public transport.

The first of its kind ecologically-friendly tram was domestically developed by China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) in 2015.

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The ecologically-friendly tram emits only water without any pollutants. It does not produce any nitrogen oxides (NOx), as the temperature of e reaction inside the fuel cell is kept under 100 degrees Celsius.

The tram, having three carriages with 66 seats and can run for 40 kilometers at a maximum speed of 70 kilometers per hour after being refilled with 12 kilograms of hydrogen.

The tram coach rides on a 136-year-old railway line and connects several industrial heritage sites of Tangshan, one of China’s oldest industrial cities not far from the capital Beijing. It has latest low-floor technology which has kept the distance between carriage floor of tram and rail line only 35 centimeters and remove need for station platforms and making boarding easy for passengers

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