East Japan Railway (JR East), Hitachi and Toyota Motor Corporation are developing a hydrogen-powered prototype rail vehicle.
Nicknamed Hybari (hydrogen-hybrid advanced rail vehicle for innovation), the test vehicle will combine the three company’s railway and automotive technologies.
JR East will provide railway vehicle design and manufacturing technologies, Hitachi will provide a hybrid system and Toyota will provide its fuel cells developed for its Mirai cars and Sora buses.
Together, the three companies will create hybrid (fuel cell) test vehicles with the aim of achieving the high-power output control necessary to drive railway vehicles, which are much larger than automobiles.
Demonstration testing is scheduled to start in March 2022 along the Japanese railway lines Tsurumi and Nambu.