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Japan unveils new bullet train
Publication Date : 22-08-2012
Central Japan Railway Co. (or JR Tokai) unveiled yesterday a new energy-efficient Shinkansen bullet train, its first new model for the Tokaido Shinkansen line in five years.
The new N700A model is an advanced type of the mainstay N700 series and has several new features designed to ensure it runs stably at high speeds, JR Tokai said at a press preview at its Hamamatsu works in Shizuoka Prefecture.
A special "A" logo - which stands for "advanced" - adorns both sides of the cars.
The new model has improved stability thanks to a function that ensures automated running while maintaining maximum speeds set for each section of track, JR Tokai said. This unique system can foresee terrain with many slopes and curves.
Energy-saving LED lights and a dimming system in the cars will cut power consumption for lighting by 20 per cent. Seat cushions were made from 100 per cent recyclable materials.
JR Tokai will invest 66 billion yen (US$832 million) to manufacture six N700A trains this fiscal year and seven next fiscal year. The new model will make its commercial debut in February.