The world’s first emissions-free hydrogen train is set to start carrying passengers at the end of next year.

The Coradia iLint – or the hydrail train – will be running through lower Saxony starting in December 2017.

While all 4,000 of the nation’s train cars run on diesel, the Coradia carries a hydrogen fuel tank on the roof that powers a fuel cell. The train will only exude steam and condensed air at a very low level of noise.

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The feat of engineering was unveiled at the InnoTrans – the railway industry’s largest trade fair that took place last month in Berlin.

“Alstom is proud to launch a breakthrough innovation in the field of clean transportation which will complete its Coradia range of regional trains. It shows our ability to work in close collaboration with our customers and develop a train in only two years,” declared Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Alstom Chairman and CEO.

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