QINGDAO, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Chinese railcar-maker CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co. Ltd. announced on Thursday that it has signed a contract to produce eight hydrogen-powered tramcars, marking the country's first such deal.
The trams are expected to run on a 17.4-km track with 20 stations in Foshan City in south China's Guangdong Province, the manufacturer said.
Each vehicle is designed to carry 285 passengers and has a maximum speed of 70 kilometers per hour, according to the contract.
Hydrogen fuel cells are a new clean energy source widely used in the automobile industry, but their use in rail transit has not kept up.
Compared with ordinary trams, hydrogen-powered ones boast longer ranges and are more environmentally friendly since they only discharge water during operation.
The company developed the world's first hydrogen-powered tramcar in 2015, making China the first country to have mastered the technology.