|In service May 2012|
Built at Kudamatsu
Number built 6 vehicles (2 sets)
Number in service 6 vehicles (2 sets)
The 735 series (735系) is an electric multiple unit (EMU) train type built in 2010 and operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido) on suburban services in the Sapporo area in Hokkaido, Japan, since May 2012.
The 735 series is intended as an experimental type to evaluate the suitability of aluminium-body rolling stock in the cold climate of Hokkaido. The cab ends however use steel construction. They were tested in winter conditions from 2010 to 2011.
The 735 series sets are able to run in multiple with 721 series, 731 series, and 733 series suburban EMUs, but not with KiHa 201 series DMUs.
Sets are formed as shown below.
The MoHa 735 car is fitted with an N-PS785 single-arm pantograph.
The 735 series design continues the basic configuration of the earlier 731 series with longitudinal seating throughout. The floor is 100 mm lower than on previous trains, for improved accessibility. Car 1 has a universal access toilet.
Two 3-car sets were delivered from the Hitachi factory in Yamaguchi Prefecture in March 2010.
The sets first entered revenue-earning service on 1 May 2012.