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First Hydrogen Train in Japan to Hit the Rails for Test Run

Japan’s first hydrogen fuel cell train “Hybari.”
Japan’s first hydrogen fuel cell train “Hybari.”Source: JR East

Japan’s largest railway company will begin testing the country’s first hydrogen-fueled train next month in a step toward the nation’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. 

The two car “Hybari” train -- a combination of hybrid and the Japanese word for a lark -- cost about 4 billion yen ($35 million) to develop and can travel up to 140 kilometers (87 miles) at a top speed of 100 km/h on a single filling of hydrogen.