Japanese Co. to Test World’s First Fuel Cell-Powered Train

Tokyo, Japan [Japan Corporate News Network KK] East Japan Railway Company, also known as JR East, is set to test the world’s first fuel cell-powered train. According to Fuji Sankei, the one-carriage prototype, powered by two 65-kilowatt fuel cells, will be able to reach speeds of 100km/hr. The technology is expected be ready for use in Nagano and Yamanashi prefectures, a mountainous region that lies just to the west of Tokyo, by the summer of 2007. … JR East, the largest of six passenger railway companies established after the division of Japanese National Railways (JNR) in 1987, operates in the upper half of Honshu, the main island of Japan, including the Tokyo metropolitan area.

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