JR East Putting Diesel Hybrid Train into Commercial Service
29 July 2007
The New Energy Train cars use twin 95 kW electric motors (to deliver grade ability at the same level as that of a new model railcar), a 330 kW diesel engine powering a 180 kW generator and a 10 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The batteries are charged both by the generator and by regenerative braking.
The diesel hybrid is a precursor to a fuel-cell hybrid traction system currently under development.
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