Vivarail have released a video showing their battery-powered test train in action for the first time.
The Vivarail D-train or Class 230 is converted from London Underground D78 stock – an innovative example of ‘upcycling’ that saves on waste, energy consumption, money, and time.
A battery-powered version of the D-train means that the trains will be able to run on either electrified or non-electrified lines, using its diesel engines, electric motors, or on-board batteries.
The D-train is a DMU, or diesel multiple unit, with the engines are incorporated into the carriages. On the Vivarail battery train, the batteries are housed in exactly the same way as the diesel gensets.
The identical design makes for straightforward assembly, meaning that technicians speedily build different whichever type of train is required by customers. David King, Engineering Director at Vivarail, explains that this will also enable Vivarail to build EMUs and hybrids with ease.
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