Photo: Song Xuechun

CHINA: A prototype tram powered by hydrogen fuel cells was unveiled at the CSR Sifang factory in Qingdao on March 19. According to CSR Qingdao Sifang Chief Engineer Liang Jianying, the tram is able to run for 100 km at speeds up to 70 km/h before the cells need to be refilled, which takes 3 min. Water is the only emission during operation.

The three-section 100% low-floor tram has six double doors and capacity for 380 passengers including 60 seated. It meets the EN 15227 crashworthiness standard and can withstand an impact of up to 100 MPa.

CSR Sifang says that the tram will be available in a modular design of two to five sections.