JR East to Test Hydrogen Fuel Cell Train

Economy Science Technology

Tokyo, June 5 (Jiji Press)--East Japan Railway Co. <9020>, or JR East, has announced a plan to test from fiscal 2021 a new train powered by electricity generated by a hydrogen fuel cell.

The railway operator will spend about 4 billion yen on the development of the two-car train and the test runs, aiming to commercialize such fuel cell trains in fiscal 2024.

The train will be equipped with a fuel cell and a lithium-ion rechargeable battery.

It will have a maximum speed of 100 kilometers per hour and is expected to travel about 140 kilometers per charge of hydrogen.

The test runs will take place on the Nambu Line and some other lines of JR East.

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