Accumulator Railcar - Japan

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In Japan, JR East tested a "NE Train Smart Denchi-kun" battery electric railcar from 2009. This vehicle is capable of running under 1,500 V DC overhead wires or on battery power alone a distance of up to 50 km away from an overhead power supply. The batteries are charged via the pantograph either when running under an overhead electric supply or at a specially built recharging facility.

From spring 2014, a two-car battery electric multiple unit, the EV-E301 series, is scheduled to enter revenue service on the 20 km long non-electrified Karasuyama Line. This too is capable of running as an EMU under 1,500 V DC overhead wires or on battery power alone on non-electrified lines.

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