Nikkei. Kawasaki Heavy Industries will begin test runs in October of a light rail vehicle powered by a NiMH battery.
|A Kawasaki light rail vehicle, in use in Hong Kong.|
The light rail car will be able to use power from overhead catenaries as well as the on-board batteries, which are installed below the passenger seats. The light rail car supports regenerative braking to recharge the batteries.
Kawasaki will market the train for use in areas that cities want to keep clear of overhead wires.
European rolling stock manufacturers Alstom and Lohr have been working with Saft NiMH batteries on similar light-rail vehicles for use in cities that want to keep historic areas clear of the catenaries. (Earlier post.)