|Manufacturer||Hitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries|
|Replaced||200 series, E1 series, E2 series, E4 series|
|Entered service||5 March 2011|
|Number under construction||130 vehicles (13 sets)|
|Number built||460 vehicles (46 sets)|
|Number in service||450 vehicles (45 sets)|
|Formation||10 cars per trainset|
|Capacity||731 (658 Standard, 55 Green, 18 Gran Class)|
|Line(s) served||Tōhoku Shinkansen, Hokkaido Shinkansen|
|Car body construction||Aluminium alloy|
|Train length||253 m (830 ft)|
|Car length||26,500 mm (86 ft 11 in)|
25,000 mm (82 ft 0 in) (intermediate cars)
|Width||3,350 mm (11 ft 0 in)|
|Height||3,650 mm (12 ft 0 in)|
|Doors||E514: one per side plus one cab access door per side|
E515: one per side
E523: two per side plus one cab access door per side
Other intermediate cars: two per side
|Maximum speed||320 km/h (200 mph)|
|Weight||453.5 t (446.3 long tons; 499.9 short tons)|
|Traction system||3-level IGBT-VVVF (Mitsubishi Electric, Toshiba or Hitachi)|
|Traction motors||32 × MT207 300 kW (400 hp) 3-phase AC induction motor|
|Power output||9.6 MW (12,900 hp)|
|Acceleration||0.48 m/s2 (1.6 ft/s2)|
|Electric system(s)||25 kV 50 Hz AC overhead catenary|
|Current collection method||Pantograph|
|Bogies||DT209 (motored), TR7008 (trailer)|
|Braking system(s)||Electro-pneumatic regenerative|
|Multiple working||E3 series/E6 series|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
The E5 series (E5系) is a Japanese Shinkansen high-speed train type operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) on Tōhoku Shinkansen services since 5 March 2011 and on Hokkaido Shinkansen services since 26 March 2016. A total of 59 10-car sets are on order, with three sets in service in time for the start of new Hayabusa services to Shin-Aomori in March 2011.
Technology incorporated in these trains is derived from the experimental Fastech 360S train tested by JR East. The initial maximum speed in service was 300 km/h (186 mph), but this was raised to 320 km/h (199 mph) between Utsunomiya and Morioka from the start of the revised timetable on 16 March 2013. The trains feature an electric active suspension.
As of 26 March 2016 [update] , E5 series trainsets work in a pool with similar JR Hokkaido H5 series trainsets, and are used on the following services on the Tohoku and Hokkaido Shinkansen lines:
E5 series trainsets were first introduced on the new Hayabusa services between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori from 5 March 2011, initially operating at a maximum speed of 300 km/h. From 19 November 2011, a total of six E5 series trainsets were in operation, with sets also used on some Hayate and Yamabiko services. Hayate services operated coupled with E3 series Komachi services, and were limited to a maximum speed of 275 km/h. From the start of the revised timetable on 17 March 2012, E5 series sets were also introduced used on some Nasuno all-stations services.
The exterior design of the trains is broadly based on the experimental Fastech 360S train, with a colour scheme of "Tokiwa" (常盤) green for the upper body and "Hiun" (飛雲) white for the lower body, separated by a "Hayate" pink stripe.
Car 10 (at the Aomori end) is designated "Gran Class", featuring 18 power-reclining "shell" seats with leather seat covers arranged in 2+1 abreast configuration. 1,300 mm (51.2 in). Seats are 520 mm (20.5 in) wide and recline to a maximum angle of 45 degrees. The pre-series set, S11, did not initially include Gran Class accommodation.Originally given the provisional name "Super Green Car", seat pitch in the Gran Class car is
Car 9 is designated as "Green car" (first class) accommodation with 55 seats arranged in 2+2 abreast configuration. Seat pitch is 1,160 mm (45.7 in). Seats are 475 mm (18.7 in) wide and recline to an angle of 31 degrees.
Ordinary-class cars (cars 1 to 8) have a seat pitch of 1,040 mm (40.9 in), which is 60 mm (2.4 in) larger than on the E2 series trains. Seating is arranged in 3+2 abreast configuration. AC power outlets are provided for window seats and rows of seats at car ends.
The production sets are formed as follows, with car 1 at the Tokyo end and car 10 at the Aomori end.
|Facilities||Toilet||Toilet, cardphone||Toilet, AED, cardphone, wheelchair space||Toilet||Toilet, wheelchair space, conductor's compartment|
Cars 3 and 7 each have one single-arm pantograph, although only one is normally raised in service.
The pre-series set, S11, was delivered to Sendai Depot in May 2009 ahead of extensive test running on the Tohoku Shinkansen.Cars 1 to 5 were built by Hitachi in Yamaguchi Prefecture, and cars 6 to 10 were built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Hyogo Prefecture. Set S11 made its first appearance at Tokyo Station on 9 December 2009.
The first full-production set, U2, was delivered to Sendai Depot in December 2010.
In May 2012, the E5 series was awarded the 2012 Blue Ribbon Award, presented annually by the Japan Railfan Club.A formal presentation ceremony was held at Tokyo Station on 20 November 2012.
The pre-series set, S11, was upgraded to full-production standard in February 2013 and renumbered U1.It retains the flush plug doors for the passenger doors immediately behind the driving cabs, whereas the full-production sets have recessed sliding doors.
From the start of the revised timetable on 16 March 2013, the maximum speed in service was raised from 300 km/h (186 mph) to 320 km/h (199 mph) between Utsunomiya and Morioka.
As of 1 April 2019 [update] , the fleet is as follows.
|Set number||Manufacturer||Date delivered||Remarks|
|U1||Hitachi/Kawasaki HI||15 June 2009||Pre-series set, originally numbered S11, modified February 2013|
|U2||Kawasaki HI||13 December 2010||Full-production sets|
|U3||Hitachi||31 January 2011|
|U4||Hitachi||18 February 2011|
|U5||Hitachi||19 August 2011|
|U6||Kawasaki HI||27 September 2011|
|U7||Hitachi||13 October 2011|
|U8||Kawasaki HI||14 November 2011|
|U9||Kawasaki HI||5 December 2011|
|U10||Hitachi||30 January 2012|
|U11||Kawasaki HI||17 February 2012|
|U12||Kawasaki HI||2 April 2012|
|U13||Hitachi||26 April 2012|
|U14||Kawasaki HI||31 May 2012|
|U15||Hitachi||11 June 2012|
|U16||Hitachi||26 July 2012|
|U17||Kawasaki HI||24 August 2012|
|U18||Kawasaki HI||14 September 2012|
|U19||Kawasaki HI||12 October 2012|
|U20||Hitachi||22 November 2012|
|U21||Kawasaki HI||25 December 2012|
|U22||Hitachi||31 January 2013|
|U23||Kawasaki HI||22 February 2013|
|U24||Hitachi||28 March 2013|
|U25||Kawasaki HI||10 April 2013|
|U26||Hitachi||30 May 2013|
|U27||Kawasaki HI||7 June 2013|
|U28||Hitachi||26 July 2013|
|U29||Kawasaki HI||7 December 2015|
|U30||Hitachi||15 January 2016|
|U31||Kawasaki HI||1 February 2016|
|U32||Hitachi||3 February 2017|
|U33||Kawasaki HI||16 January 2017|
|U34||Hitachi||13 October 2017|
|U35||Kawasaki HI||19 July 2017|
|U36||Kawasaki HI||25 August 2017|
|U37||Kawasaki HI||21 September 2017|
|U38||Kawasaki HI||9 February 2018|
|U39||Hitachi||24 August 2018|
|U40||Hitachi||11 January 2019|
|U41||Kawasaki HI||23 March 2018|
|U42||Hitachi||4 February 2019|
|U43||Kawasaki HI||4 March 2019|
|U44||Hitachi||29 May 2019|
|U45||Hitachi||25 february 2020|
|U46||Kawasaki HI||August 2021|
A special Joetsu Shinkansen 30th Anniversary (上越新幹線開業30周年号」, Jōetsu Shinkansen Kaigyō 30-shūnen-gō) service ran from Niigata to Tokyo on 17 November 2012 using E5 series set U8, with a special ceremony at Niigata Station before departure. This was the first revenue-earning service operated on the Joetsu Shinkansen by an E5 series trainset.
An order for four 10-car trainsets based on the E5 series design was placed by JR Hokkaido in February 2014 for use on Hokkaido Shinkansen services from March 2016.Classified H5 series, these trains incorporate minor interior design differences compared with the E5 series.
The E5 series trains have been chosen for use on the planned US$16.8 billion Mumbai–Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor in India, scheduled to open in December 2027.
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