October 31, 2017

CRRC Tangshan trials new hydrogen-fuelled tram

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CRRC Tangshan Railway Company has unveiled a prototype low-floor LRV powered by Canadian supplier Ballard Power Systems’ hydrogen fuel cell technology, FCveloCity which it is trialling on the new 14km light rail line in Tangshan, China.

Ballard’s fuel cell technology is combined with batteries and supercapacitors to offer entirely catenary-free operation on the line. The LRVs have a range of 40km on a single 12kg hydrogen fill-up, which takes 15 minutes to complete. The four-station line includes a 100kg-capacity hydrogen refilling station.

The new three-section LRV has a top speed of 70km/h and capacity for 336 passengers, including 66 seated.

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