KINKISHARYO's ameriTRAM™, North America's First Low-Floor, Electro-Hybrid Streetcar, Rolls Into APTA Expo October 3-5

Latest in Streetcar Design will be on the Show Floor and Open for Tours in New Orleans

Sep 21, 2011, 10:35 ET from KINKISHARYO International, L.L.C.

WESTWOOD, Mass., Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- KINKISHARYO International, L.L.C., the number one supplier of low-floor, light-rail vehicles in North America, will have ameriTRAM™—its prototype of the 100-percent low-floor, electro-hybrid streetcar specifically designed for North America—in booth #5732 at the American Public Transportation Association Expo in New Orleans. This will be the final destination of a year-long tour that included stops in Charlotte, Dallas, Austin, Kansas City, Phoenix and Tempe.

"We have had enthusiastic support and response from local government, transit officials and the public everywhere we have been with ameriTRAM," said Bill Kleppinger, project manager of KINKISHARYO International. "Plus, we also drew attendees from cities all over the country to the various events. Being on the show floor at APTA will give everyone who was unable to make any of the city events a chance to see this revolutionary vehicle up close and get all their questions answered."

ameriTRAM™ is a 100-percent low-floor streetcar powered by e-Brid™, a propulsion technology that enables operation powered by overhead catenary or on-board lithium-ion batteries. e-Brid™ charges the batteries while running on catenary power and when braking.  In battery mode, e-Brid™ uses the stored electricity to operate at full performance without overhead wires. Depending on conditions, ameriTRAM™ can run on battery power for up to five miles.

The e-Brid™ propulsion system offers compelling advantages. Less electrification equipment and maintenance means that e-Brid™ saves municipalities millions of dollars in capital investment and operational costs, including $5$6 million for every mile of catenary avoided.  Eliminating overhead catenary wires allows ameriTRAM™ to serve sensitive historic preservation areas and areas where installing overhead wires is just not practical, such as under low bridges. Also, because e-Brid™ enables battery-powered operation for up to five miles, ameriTRAM™ delivers immediate savings through lower power consumption and also eliminates harmful greenhouse gas emissions.  

ameriTRAM™ was specifically engineered for North America and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Buy America, NFPA-130 and ASME RT-1. What's more, ameriTRAM™ has a modular design allowing the length of the cars to be increased thereby increasing passenger capacity without increasing the total fleet size.

"Not only did we engineer ameriTRAM to comply with North American regulations and standards, we also integrated ideas from transportation officials and riders alike," added Kleppinger. "ameriTRAM's 100-percent low-floor, energy-efficient and cost-effective design is uniquely engineered for North America's sustainable cities."

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About KINKISHARYO International, L.L.C.

KINKISHARYO International, L.L.C. is the number one supplier of low-floor, light-rail vehicles in North America.  It is the North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based The Kinki Sharyo Co., Ltd., one of the most sophisticated rolling stock manufacturers customizing solutions for urban transit agencies worldwide since 1920.  Kinki Sharyo has supplied over 15,000 electric railcars—from light rail vehicles to high-speed Shinkansen bullet trains—that move hundreds of millions of passengers safely and efficiently.  Headquartered in Westwood, MA, KINKISHARYO International ( has been redefining urban light rail transit systems throughout the U.S. for nearly three decades.