[Oeva-list] Tram runs on Lithium battery and recharges in under a minute

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Tue Oct 30 01:44:25 PDT 2007

Tram runs on Lithium battery and recharges in under a minute


The Railway Technical Research Institute in Kokubunji, Tokyo, has developed
a streetcar powered by a lithium battery that can recharge in under a
minute. The institute will start conducting test runs in Sapporo at the end
of November to check the streetcar's capacity. Powered by the onboard
battery, the vehicle runs at a maximum speed of 40 kph for 15 kilometers and
is capable of converting 70 percent of its deceleration energy into
electricity, which it sends back to the battery. The rest of the power is
supplied by recharging stations, where the streetcar connects its pantograph
to overhead wires.

The streetcar powered by a lithium battery has been designed to be
barrier-free and has a low floor. According to the institute, it uses about
10 percent less power than existing streetcars. In 1987, when the Japanese
National Railways(JNR) was privatized and divided into seven Japan
Railways(JR) companies, the Railway Technical Research Institute and the
Railway Labor Science Institute were merged into one railway research
center- the Railway Technical Research Institute.
Via - Fareastgizmos<http://www.fareastgizmos.com/transport/tram_powered_by_a_lithium_battery_can_recharge_in_under_a_minute.php>
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