It first tested the idea of a hydrogen train in 2006 but the technology wasn’t ready yet – performance of the batteries wasn’t good enough.
This time, it will spend ¥4 billion (approx. $37 million) on test runs, with the goal of commercial use by 2024
The trains are expected to reach top speeds of 100 km/h and complete maximum journeys of 140km per tank of hydrogen.
This is just the latest from Japan, where Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared the intention to make Japan the “hydrogen society”. Another notable goal is to make all the taxis hydrogen-powered in time for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.