Hydrogen passenger trains have been introduced in Germany this year. These trains have been developed by a company named Alstom of France, a total of 14 such trains have been prepared at a cost of $ 92 million. However, how much will be the cost of preparing these trains in India and at what stage the preparation has reached, the information has not been received.
There is talk of bringing hydrogen cars and buses to India. It was only last month that the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus developed by KPIT-CSIR, Pune was showcased. This project was also supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. Currently, Toyota is considering bringing a flex-fuel car to India.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said in a university that Indian Railways is trying to connect remote and isolated areas of the country through railway network under Gati Shakti Terminal Policy. Along with this, the number of Vande Bharat trains in India will also be increased. Currently its third train is being tested which will be launched soon.
Recently the new Vande Bharat trains have set a new speed record. This train has achieved the speed of 100 km/h in just 52 seconds. Compared to older Vande Bharat Express trains, this train takes 2.6 seconds less time. A total of 75 Vande Bharat Express is to be run in India till Independence Day next year and this will be the third train in it whose operation can be started by the end of this month.
The maximum speed of the new Vande Bharat Express train will be 180 km/h which is 20 km/h more than the old train. Presently the new train has been tested between Mumbai Ahmedabad and will be launched soon. The trial of the new Vande Bharat Express was done on this route on 9 September. This train has covered 492 km in 5 hours 10 minutes.
This new Vande Bharat Express is going to be better not only in terms of speed but also in terms of convenience. Vaishnav further informed that 32-inch LCD screen and Wi-Fi facility will be provided in this train so that passengers can watch the content they want. The weight of this train has been reduced from 430 tonnes to 290 tonnes and it will be given 3 hours of battery backup.
Many major changes are taking place in the railway sector in India. While the Railways has been reducing trains with diesel engines, it is developing trains running on other fuel options. However, how long it will be successful remains to be seen.