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Published on September 19th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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Kawasaki Developing 217 MPH Train for Japan

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September 19th, 2008 by  

The Railway Gazette reports that Kawasaki has unveiled a new high-speed train called the Environmentally Friendly Super Express Train (efSET). The train will travel at a speed of 217 MPH (350 km/h).

Kawasaki designed the train with a lightweight aerodynamic body to lower vibration and noise. It will also be equipped with regenerative braking that recycles kinetic energy generated by movement.

The Kawasaki train is even faster than Japan’s record-holding Shinkansen train, which travels at a speed of 186 MPH. In order to assure reliability of the new train, engineers will make use of components proven to work in the Shinkansen train network.

But Japanese train-riders will have settle for the Shinkansen train in the near future—the Kawasaki design won’t be finished until March 2009, and engineering verification won’t be completed until March 2010.

Americans—specifically, Californians—have to wait even longer for their 220 MPH high-speed train, which won’t be ready until 2030.

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  • arifsulistyo

    Wow,350km/h.About consumption of fuel?

  • elephants and asses

    Standing at the platformSHEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMAwesome L

  • elephants and asses

    Standing at the platformSHEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMAwesome L

  • elephants and asses

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  • JaMiRo!

    “It will also be equipped with regenerative braking that recycles kinetic energy generated by movement.”

    Trains have been doing this for 20-30 years, and I’m not talking about TGVs, I’m talking about metros, suburban trains, etc…Referring to regenerative braking as a new feature is quite annoying.

  • JaMiRo!

    “It will also be equipped with regenerative braking that recycles kinetic energy generated by movement.”

    Trains have been doing this for 20-30 years, and I’m not talking about TGVs, I’m talking about metros, suburban trains, etc…Referring to regenerative braking as a new feature is quite annoying.

  • Temple Martin

    Shinkanen means New Trunk Line – its a rail network not a railway train. There are or have been 15 different models of shinkansen train since the first line opened in 1964. This is the current future shinkansen design and it is only marginally faster than current ones because of issues around noise pollution (non-mechanical noise), wear and braking distances.

  • Temple Martin

    Shinkanen means New Trunk Line – its a rail network not a railway train. There are or have been 15 different models of shinkansen train since the first line opened in 1964. This is the current future shinkansen design and it is only marginally faster than current ones because of issues around noise pollution (non-mechanical noise), wear and braking distances.

  • Temple Martin

    Shinkanen means New Trunk Line – its a rail network not a railway train. There are or have been 15 different models of shinkansen train since the first line opened in 1964. This is the current future shinkansen design and it is only marginally faster than current ones because of issues around noise pollution (non-mechanical noise), wear and braking distances.

  • http://dir.blogflux.com/tracker.php?id=175696&47968075=47968075http://www.xemion.com/out.php?id=24062&47968075 web

    I really wish we would start implementing high speed trains in the US, sometimes we just aren’t forward thinking enough. Waiting too long to implement high speed rail into developed areas makes it very expensive because of the amount of redevelopment required to build them.

  • http://dir.blogflux.com/tracker.php?id=175696&47968075=47968075http://www.xemion.com/out.php?id=24062&47968075 web

    I really wish we would start implementing high speed trains in the US, sometimes we just aren’t forward thinking enough. Waiting too long to implement high speed rail into developed areas makes it very expensive because of the amount of redevelopment required to build them.

  • J-d33zy

    I like the name, obviously Japanese, like super happy fun time luck show!!!

  • J-d33zy

    I like the name, obviously Japanese, like super happy fun time luck show!!!

  • Sean

    Niiiiiiiiice….

    Hope the driver doesnt text message while is riding …

    They did a story on it at http://www.MediaSignage.com

  • Sean

    Niiiiiiiiice….

    Hope the driver doesnt text message while is riding …

    They did a story on it at http://www.MediaSignage.com

  • Jiff Webber

    Wow, I know Kawasaki makes a mean motorcycle (ZX 10-R) so I guess their train would ROCK!

    Jiff

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  • Jiff Webber

    Wow, I know Kawasaki makes a mean motorcycle (ZX 10-R) so I guess their train would ROCK!

    Jiff

    http://www.anonweb.net.tc

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