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Runs on Rails or Roads

 - Dec 19, 2006
References: smh.au & gizmag
Japanese rail firm JR Hokkaido is on the edge to run its dual-mode bus and rail vehicle. They will begin their testing in April 2007 and according to Giz Magazine, “preliminary trials suggest the vehicle's fuel cost is about a quarter of a diesel vehicle, and maintenance cost about one-eighth, while offering the flexibility to extend railed systems.” The Autotram concept will measure 36 meters long and can load as many passengers as a streetcar. One of its features is its “flywheel energy storage system that facilitates a regenerative braking system and signficiantly cuts operating costs.” Its concept is to run on train tracks and drive on the road