Tram of the Future

China's Hydrogen-Powered Future Starts in Trams, Not Cars

The top speed won't impress anyone, but clean transit might be just what smoggy China needs

China's Qingdao Sifang just rolled out a new hydrogen-powered tram, the first of its kind in the world

Qingdao Sifang Co.

The sleek, orange locomotive that made its debut this month in Qingdao, China, resembles a high-speed bullet train, at least until it moves. But this new vehicle—a tram, not a train—tops out at about 43 miles per hour, a fraction of the 200mph speeds of Japan's Shinkansen trains.

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