KiHa E200

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KiHa E200
KiHa E200 image
Two KiHa E200 cars, April 2009
In service July 2007–Present
Constructed 2007
Number built 3 vehicles
Number in service 3 vehicles
Formation Single car (?)
Capacity 117 (46 seated)
Operator(s) JR East
Depot(s) Koumi (Nakagomi)
Line(s) served Koumi Line
Car body construction Stainless steel
Car length 20,000 mm (65 ft 7 in)
Width 2,920 mm (9 ft 7 in)
Height 3,620 mm (11 ft 11 in)
Floor height 1,130 mm (3 ft 8 in)
Doors 2 sliding doors per side
Maximum speed 100 km/h (60 mph)
Weight 39.6 t (39.0 long tons; 43.7 short tons)
Traction system MT78 (95 kW or 127 hp) x2 (Series hybrid)
Prime mover(s) DMF15HZB-G x1
Power output 450 hp (340 kW)
Bogies DT75 (motored), TR260 (trailer)
Safety system(s) ATS-Ps
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The KiHa E200 (キハE200形) is a single-car hybrid diesel multiple unit (DMU) train type operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) on the Koumi Line in Japan. Three cars were delivered in April 2007, entering revenue service from 31 July 2007.

The body design is based on the earlier KiHa E130 series DMUs, but with two single doors per side instead of three pairs of doors.

The cars incorporate hybrid diesel/battery technology developed on the earlier "NE Train" experimental hybrid car, and were intended to operate for a period of two years on the Koumi Line to evaluate the viability for full-scale fleet operation.

Two cars are normally used together on Koumi (こうみ) services on the line.[1]

Hybrid operation cycle[edit]

On starting from standstill, energy stored in lithium-ion batteries is used to drive the motors, with the engine cut out. The engine then cuts in for further acceleration and running on gradients. When running down gradients, the motor acts as a generator, recharging the batteries. The engine is also used for braking.[1]


The passenger saloons are arranged with 1+2 abreast transverse seating and longitudinal bench seating at the car ends. Each car includes a wheelchair-compatible toilet.[1]


  • "平成19年夏、小海線にデビュー! キハE200形ハイブリッド車" [KiHa E200 hybrid train]. Japan Railfan Magazine. Vol. 47 no. 555. Japan: Kōyūsha Co., Ltd. July 2007. pp. 78–83. 
  1. ^ a b c Nishiwaki, Kōji (October 2011). "JR各社の新世代気動車の現状 JR北海道キハ160形 JR東日本キハE200形" [The Current Situation of JR Group Modern DMUs: JR Hokkaido KiHa 160 & JR East KiHa E200]. Japan Railfan Magazine. Vol. 51 no. 606. Japan: Kōyūsha Co., Ltd. pp. 96–101. 

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