Central Japan Railway Co. has said that its new N700S bullet train model will go into service on the Tokaido Shinkansen line in early July 2020, just before the start of the Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
The railway operator, better known as JR Tokai, plans to introduce a total of 40 N700S trains over three years to fiscal 2022, which ends in March 2023, with total investment estimated to reach some ¥240 billion, according to the firm’s announcement on Friday. Each train will have 16 cars.
The Olympics is scheduled for July 24-Aug. 9, 2020, followed by the Paralympics on Aug. 25-Sept. 6.
The new model, which is now undergoing test runs, is equipped with a lithium-ion battery system enabling it to travel a certain distance in case of power outages, the first such feature for a Shinkansen train.
A power outlet is available at every seat for passenger convenience. The N700S has more security cameras than Shinkansen trains currently in service.
“We’ll step up preparations to offer our newest and best Shinkansen train,” JR Tokai President Shin Kaneko told a press conference in Tokyo on Friday.Speech