The hydrogen-powered train will travel between Parc de la Chute-Montmorency and Baie-Saint-Paul. Image Credit: Train de Charlevoix

Environment Canada20. March 2023

The First Zero-Emissions Train on the Continent

North America’s first zero-emission train – emitting only water vapor – will debut this summer.

“With only 1 percent of the networks electrified in our region, this technology will provide an alternative to diesel,” says Michael Keroull√©, president of Alstom Americas. “This project will demonstrate our capabilities to provide more sustainable mobility solutions to customers, agencies and operators, as well as to passengers. It will also provide an extraordinary showcase for Quebec’s developing green hydrogen ecosystem.”

The train has been in the works for a decade and uses hydrogen and oxygen to run at speeds up to 85 miles per hour. Named the Train de Charlevoix, the zero-emissions train will begin with a 90-minute route through Canada starting on the 17th of June.

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