JR East Kiha E200

The Kiha E200 a hybrid diesel-electric railcar operated by the East Japan Railway Company since 2007 on its existing narrow gauge (1067 mm or 3 and a half feet) railway network. It is based on the NE Train, an experimental hybrid railcar, developed by Tōkyū Car Corp. Lithium-ion batteries are fitted to the railcar to store electricity generated by regenerative braking and is used to start the railcar from standstill.


A total of 3 Kiha E200 are built and can be used in multiple-unit operation. The output of a single railcar is 331 kW (444 hp) and has a top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph).

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