REVOLUTION VLR

Revolution VLR is a disruptive, first-of-a-kind project that utilises the latest and most innovative technologies from the rail and other key sectors.

  • Combining industry expertise & knowledge

  • Creating sustainable, future-proof vehicles & technology

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WHY REVOLUTION VLR

Revolution VLR has been conceived to provide a modern, attractive and cost-effective vehicle solution that will allow enhanced services on poorly-served branch lines, facilitate the reopening of disused railway lines, and also encourage rail network extensions that will enhance connectivity, particularly in the context of new residential/business developments.

It has been designed primarily for short routes where operating traditional heavy rail or tram solutions is uneconomic. Combining technology from the automotive and rail sectors has produced a lightweight, energy-efficient vehicle that is straightforward to operate and geared to the needs of communities.

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INNOVATION

The project combines extensive rail industry expertise with a range of additional, leading edge innovations from other relevant industries. Revolution utilises both automotive sector lightweight composite structure and hybrid power-train technologies combined with railway-proven systems that will ensure robustness and reliability in the operating environment.

This strategy is focused on providing rail scheme sponsors with a high-quality, affordable and sustainable solution that will facilitate achievement of Government commitments to decarbonisation and assist the business cases for line extensions and re openings.

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INNOVATION

The project combines extensive rail industry expertise with a range of additional, leading edge innovations from other relevant industries. Revolution utilises both automotive sector lightweight composite structure and hybrid power-train technologies combined with railway-proven systems that will ensure robustness and reliability in the operating environment.

This strategy is focused on providing rail scheme sponsors with a high-quality, affordable and sustainable solution that will facilitate achievement of Government commitments to decarbonisation and assist the business cases for line extensions and re openings.

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ENGINEERING

This revolutionary vehicle provides a unique blend of journey experience and ease of access. The lightweight composite bodyshell and hybrid power packs reduce energy consumption and maximise operational cost effectiveness.

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CONSTRUCTION
  • Composite bodyshell, made with recycled carbon fibre
INTERIOR
  • Air conditioning and personal device charging
    facilities
PERFORMANCE
  • Zero emissions up to 20mph in stations and built up areas
CONFIGURATIONS
  • Multiple vehicle layout options, to your specification

ENGINEERING

This state of the art, revolutionary vehicle boasts multiple beneficial features and comforts.The body shell utilises a modular vehicle assembly design approach with flush-bonded glazing and powered plug-sliding doors ensuring effortless access.

CONSTRUCTION
  • Composite Bodyshell, made with recycled carbon fibre
INTERIOR
  • Comfortable Contemporary Interior Design
PERFORMANCE
  • Electric Battery Hybrid Propulsion System (Euro 6 compliant)
CONFIGURATIONS
  • Multiple vehicle layout options, to your specification
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EXPERTISE

The organisations which make up the Revolution VLR consortium are consortium leader TDI, RSSB, Eversholt Rail, WMG at the University of Warwick, RDM Group, Cummins, Prose AG and Transcal Engineering.

CONSORTIUM

EXPERTISE

The organisations which make up the Revolution VLR consortium are consortium leader TDI, RSSB, Eversholt Rail, WMG at the University of Warwick, RDM Group, Cummins, Prose AG and Transcal Engineering.

CONSORTIUM