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West Japan Railway (WJR) says that its days of developing and testing diesel-electric hybrid prototype trains will soon come to a halt. This isn't because WJR has lost faith in the hybrid train. Rather, WJR says that its development work is nearly complete and says that a practical version of its hybrid train will be ready for operation by 2015, according to the Nikkei (sub. req.).

General Electric has been building hybrids for many years. Its Evolution Series of locomotives are some of the most efficient currently on the market, and the giant company has plans for a replacement model using its own batteries soon. Also planned by GE is a move into the large truck market, where diesel hybrids are expected to become increasingly popular in the coming years. With all of this research and development already done for hybrid systems and the growing interest in the technology in