A UK train designer has released new visuals of its new Class 230 hydrogen train, previewing the benefits for passengers and the environment.
The new train design has been revealed by Vivarail, who have a track record in launching new technologies to the UK market, and have previously worked alongside Transport for Wales to provide low-emission transport options.
In a change from other trains, the Class 230 hydrogen train will store fuel cells and hydrogen tanks beneath the floor, resulting in a streamlined and efficient vehicle.
For passengers, it means that the Class 230 hydrogen train will possess more carriages, meaning journeys are smoother and undertaken in more comfort.
Lack of seating is the scourge of rush hour and these new trains will try to eradicate such inconveniences.
The other important aspect of the hydrogen train is the environmental benefits that it will bring; hydrogen is increasing in significance in the market, with the government and other interested stakeholders looking for solutions that reduce the toxic air that fills so many of our cities.
The government has detailed the “substantial progress” that can be made in decarbonising network operations by 2040 – the year by which diesel-only trains should be phased out.
It means that hydrogen train development is at an exciting point and manufacturers such as Vivarail have an important role to play in bringing these trains to market, cutting carbon emissions in the progress.
Knowledge and technology transfer from automotive and bus sectors will also be important if hydrogen fuel is to be implemented in rail.
In addition, Vivarail has also manufactured a pure battery train – launched in late 2018 and carrying passengers in the UK.
This is also a vital technology for the UK that will help in the battle to improve air quality, reduce the threat of pollution to public health, and ultimately decrease the industry’s carbon footprint.