Not directed at you Drum, but I need to ask this as a general question....
Why is this news if China does it, when Japan has been working on hybrid railcars for approaching 20 years?
As noted above, we are not 20 years behind Europe, but close to 40.
In fairest, know next to nothing regarding hybrid trains from Japan or anywhere else, but NA is missing in action 100%.
China is great for copying other people designs, but they have now learn how to RD to the point they don't have to these days.
Don't recall reading or seeing anything related to Japan Hybrid trains in the past 10 years.
Japan was the leader on many fronts over the decades, but other places have caught up to them and past them on a number of those fronts.
Its the same thing when it comes to construction, we learn how to improve our skills or technology from Europe as well import it.
Right now, there about 10 years differences between Japan & China for running test trains to in service trains with Japan leading the way.
A quick look at Japan Hybrid Train vs China Hybrid Train, China is ahead of Japan. For the record, Japan first train for testing was 2006 and doesn't match what China is about to do.
How long has NA being working on an electric bus??? How come China has more on the road in NA in a short time???