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JR East to test hydrogen fuel cell

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — East Japan Railway Co., or JR East, has announced plans 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 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 kph and is expected to travel about 140 kilometers per charge of hydrogen.

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