Hydrogren fuel cell trains to begin testing at JR East
East Japan Railway Co., or JR East, has announced its strategy for the testing of new hydrogen fuel cell trains by 2021.
The railway company is going to invest approximately 4 billion yen on developing a two-car design and testing process to market these fuel cell trains by financial year 2024.
The trains are fitted with fuel cells and rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.
The vehicle is anticipated to move about 140 Km per tank of hydrogen with a peak velocity of 100 km per hour.
The experiment will be carried out on various JR East routes, including the Nanbu Line.
Around ten years earlier the firm evaluated a hydrogen fuel cell train. However, it stopped the growth of such railways mainly because of issues with battery efficiency.