Published: 20:05, March 21, 2024 | Updated: 20:04, March 21, 2024
First homegrown hydrogen-powered train completes test
By Xinhua

Aerial photo taken on Dec 8, 2021 shows people viewing the exhibits at China International Rail Transit and Equipment Manufacturing Industry Exposition in Zhuzhou, central China's Hunan province. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

CHANGCHUN — China's first independently developed hydrogen-powered urban train completed a test at a speed of 160 kph on Thursday, marking a breakthrough in the application of hydrogen energy in rail transit.

The train, developed by CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles Co, Ltd in Changchun, northeast China's Jilin province, was tested on a test track belonging to the enterprise, achieving a full-system, full-scenario and multi-level performance verification.

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Unlike traditional trains that rely on fossil-fuels or catenary systems for their power supply, the urban train being tested has a built-in hydrogen power system, which can provide a strong and long-lasting power source. The maximum cruising range of the train is over 1,000 km.

Test data also shows that the average energy consumption of the train is 5 kWh per km, which is on par with world leading levels.