|EMU Tokyo Metro 18000 series travels on the Tokyu Den-en-toshi line|
Following the 17000 series, I'm going to show you the other Tokyo Metro's new train.
On August 7th, Tokyo Metro, an operator of the subway lines, launched a new train named the EMU 18000 series on their Hanzomon line. The introduction of Tokyo Metro's new model on the Hanzomon line was for the first time in 18 years. Just as the 17000 series on the Yurakucho and Fukutoshin lines, the 18000 series has aluminum alloy bodies. The front face is rounded, and similar to that of the 17000 series. Regarding the technical specifications, the 18000 series also has a full-SiC MOSFET VVVF inverter (variable-frequency drive) electric control system.
What's the difference between the 18000 and the 17000 series? Different from the 17000 series, the 18000 series has purple-colored stripes on their bodies. As you know, purple is the "line color" of the Hanzomon line. The front lights of the 18000 series are also different from those of the 17000 series. The LED lights of the 18000 series are in linear position; meanwhile those of the 17000 series are arranged concentrically. Regarding the technical specifications, the 18000 series has an ATO departure button in the cockpit. ATO (Automatic Train Operation) system will be introduced in the near future, just like the Toei-Ooedo line.
Currently, three sets of the 18000 series are operated on the line. According to Tokyo Metro, 19 sets, 190 cars in total will be built by Hitachi Kasado factory by the fiscal year 2025 to replace the old 8000 series.
EMU Tokyo Metro 18000 series leaves Shibuya station
Official information about the EMU Tokyo Metro 18000 series (in Japanese):