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Japan's first hydrogen hybrid train gears up for trial runs

JR East aims to begin commercial service in 2030

JR East's Hybari hydrogen hybrid train will start test runs in March. (Photo by Kosuke Imamura)

TOKYO -- JR East showed off Japan's first hydrogen-powered hybrid train Friday, touting a zero-emissions system developed with Hitachi and Toyota Motor.

The company, formally East Japan Railway, will begin safety testing on the two-car Hybari train in late March. Plans are to start commercial service in 2030.

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