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1910
  • Foundation of the company and completion of Japan’s first 5-horsepower induction motor.
  • Hitachi's first three products delivered to the Hitachi mine of the Kuhara Mining Company.
Photo of Japan's first 5-horsepower induction motor
1920
First Steam locomotive
Four small locomotives (two 12-ton tank locomotives(axle arrangement 0-4-0) and two 17-ton tank locomotives(2-4-0) ) delivered as the first set of locomotives from the Sasebo naval arsenal
Photo of First Steam locomotive
1924
First Electric locomotive
Electric locomotives still had to be imported from other countries at this time, and the Hitachi president, Mr. Odaira, therefore decided to begin manufacturing locomotives in Japan, convinced that this would be quite feasible if the technology brought to bear on the manufacture of steam engines was combined with Hitachi's technology in the field of electricity. A 59-ton electric freight locomotive was completed in this year.
Photo of First Electric locomotive
1964
Tokyo Monorail
Hitachi supplies 33 cars for use on the monorail built between Haneda Airport and Hamamatsu-cho at the time of the Tokyo Olympic Games. This marked Hitachi's first full-scale venture into the field of passenger transport in Japan.
Photo of Tokyo Monorail
1964
Series 0 Shinkansen
Supply of cars for the Tokaido Shinkansen line that entered service between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka stations on October 1 at the time of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Photo of Series 0 Shinkansen
1964
“MARS” seat reservation system
Reservations made by telephone formerly entered into a reservations ledger were now computerized. As the forerunner of on-line systems in Japan, this system had a considerable influence on the development of subsequent OLTPs (on-line transaction systems).
Photo of MARS seat reservation system
1972
“COMTRAC” for the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines
A real-time control system with automated route control for use on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines with the start of the Okayama service.
This system contributed greatly to the subsequent development of Japanese real-time control systems not just in the field of railway operations control.
Photo of COMTRAC for the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines
1995
“COSMOS” for the Tohoku and Joetsu Shinkansen lines
COSMOS (Computerized Safety, Maintenance and Operation systems of Shinkansen) was developed as a new total system for the Shinkansen operation. New functions include train operation and maintenance schedulecreation, maintenance work execution management, maintenance car route control conventionally conducted by manual operations, and systemization of overall Shinkansen operations.
Photo of COSMOS for the Tohoku and Joetsu Shinkansen lines
1996
“ATOS” system for train traffic control in the Tokyo metropolitan area
The newly developed ATOS (Autonomous Decentralized Transport Operation Control System) train traffic control system for supporting super high-density transportation in the Tokyo metropolitan area has many features, including a decreased load on central controllers; increased operating efficiency, energy efficiency, and safety in station work; the ability to provide passengers with an adequate information service; and a step-by-step modular construction making initiation of independent station operations possible.
Photo of ATOS system for train traffic control in the Tokyo metropolitan area
2001
“Suica” contact-less smart card ticketing system
Development and supply of an ID Control Central Server System to provide comprehensive and integrated management of large and complex smart card based ticketing system. It detects fraud in many ways, and manages any illicit, lost or stolen cards.
Photo of Suica contact-less smart card ticketing system
2003
"NE Train" World's first hybrid train
Responding to the needs for environmentally friendly system with lower energy consumption, reduced emissions and reduced maintenance cost, Hitachi has developed the hybrid traction system for JR East’s test car, NE Train.
Photo of NE Train
2005
First order for Hitachi in European rail market.
Hitachi signed the contract for the new high-speed "A-train" for the CTRL-DS* Project on 1 June 2005. The contract includes 28 high-speed "A-trains" and their maintenance for 7 years. These trains are supposed to enter into service operation in the end of 2009. This is the 1st order in European rail market for Hitachi.
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CTRL-DS: Channel Tunnel Rail Link for Domestic Service.
CG of new high-speed "A-train" for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link
Entry into the maintenance business in UK
Following the contract of CTRL-DS Project (Channel Tunnel Rail Link for Domestic Service), Hitachi established Hitachi Rail Maintenance, (UK) Ltd in Ashford. Starting its maintenance operation for CTRL-DS Train from Oct 2007.
Photo of Hitachi Rail Maintenance, (UK) Ltd
2007
Ki-Ha E200 type vehicle – World's first commercial operation of a train installed with the hybrid propulsion system
Ki-Ha E200 type vehicle entered into the world's first commercial operation of a train installed with the hybrid propulsion system in July 2007*. Hitachi has supplied its hybrid propulsion system. With the effective use of the energy such as the regenerative energy stored into the storage battery in braking, this train has achieved the following performance this train has achieved the following performance on the Koumi Line compared to the convensional diesel trains;
1. 10% improvement of fuel consumption
2. 60% reduction of the hazardous substances in engine exhaust
3. 30db reduction of noise in stopping at the station
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Diesel Hybrid System with Lithium-Ion Battery.
Photo of Ki-Ha E200 type hybrid vehicle