China’s CRRC Tangshan Corporation launched the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell tram in Tangshan City, Hebei Province. As reported by Xinhua, the new transport has earned a tram line, created 136 years ago and connecting several industrial areas of Tangshan.
For China, the problem of air pollution is topical. Its reason is the work of many manufacturing enterprises, as well as the congestion of settlements not environmentally friendly and often obsolete transport. Because of these reasons, in particular, in Chinese Beijing since 2015, almost constantly hangs smog, posing a threat to human health.
At present, several programs are being implemented in China aimed at significantly improving the environmental situation in the country. The launch of a hydrogen tram, the only product of which fuel cells work is water, was produced as part of an environmental program.
It is not specified exactly which model the tram is talking about. It is reported only that it is assembled on a low-floor scheme with a floor arrangement at an altitude of only 35 centimeters from the road surface. This greatly facilitates access to the tram for people with any physical limitations, and when you stop at “elevated” stations, you can achieve one level of the floor of the tram and the platform.
Refueling of the hydrogen fuel cell tram takes only 15 minutes. A full refueling is enough to ensure that the tram can travel 40 kilometers at a speed of 70 kilometers per hour. Other details about the new public transport are not specified.
In mid-March this year, another Chinese company, Qingdao Sifang, received an order from the authorities in Foshan City, Guangdong Province, to assemble and supply eight hydrogen trams that will be traversing the line under construction in the urban area of Gaoming. The authorities of the Chinese city have purchased new trams in the framework of the program for the transition to environmentally friendly modes of transport.
Under the terms of the agreement, Qingdao Sifang will have to build eight tram cars equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. These elements during the movement charge the batteries under the floor and feed the electric motors. The fuel elements of the tram are refueled in just three minutes.
The new tram, introduced by Qingdao Sifang in 2015, is capable of speeds up to 70 kilometers per hour. Authorities of Foshan ordered trams designed for the transportation of 285 passengers, although the Chinese company has developed a version capable of accommodating up to 380 people.
The length of the tram line in Gaomin is 17.4 kilometers. It will have 20 stops. As expected, new hydrogen trams for the new line will be delivered before the end of next year. Then it is planned to launch a new tram line.