This train plans to have through operations between JR Chikuhi Line and Fukuoka Subway. Interior accommodation is improved and Kinki Sharyo developed the resilient rubber floor which reduces the noise levels.
This train is developed to be friendly to elderly passengers and the environment, and to reduce total life cycle cost. It is designed to make through operation on Kinki Nippon Railway and Kyoto Subway lines and equipped with ATC and emergency front door.
Although based on the design of the 20 Series, the new train incorporates several highly advanced technologies.The cab ends of the train feature a softer rounded design made of stainless steel, while the laser-welded sides provide an appealing finish with minimal distortion. The overall effect is both pleasing and elegant.
The 80 series is based upon Japan's first compact linear-motor subway, the 70 series (Nagahori-Tsurumi-Ryokuchi Line), built in 1989. The body design, though based on the straight lines of the original 70 series, is slightly rounded to create a soft image. The basic body tone is light cream, with the logo color of the line, orange, inserted into the middle and top sections of the side surfaces, as well as beneath the emergency door at the front. Additional touches of darker orange provide a warm atmosphere.
As is suitable for the nation's first user-friendly ultra-low-floor articulated LRV (Light Rail Vehicle) in the city of peace, Hiroshima, the body shape is completely new and smart, while maintaining a friendly feeling with its many rounded surfaces. The basic body color is two-tone, namely "peace white" and "joyful green," in addition to which a sunny yellow highlights the doors, thereby providing a new accent for the city's streets. While capitalizing on the traditional body colors of Hiroshima Electric Railway Company's trams, the bodies have a brighter and clearer image.
At the same time, it is important that an LRV retains local flavor and thus the 5100 series carries images of maple leaves, which are a symbol of Hiroshima, both internally and externally.