The Revolution Very Light Rail demonstration vehicle has been completed, with validation testing underway at the Quinton Rail Technology Centre in Long Marston. It will then move to a rail-connected site in Ironbridge ready for launch, with demonstrations to start this October.
The Revolution vehicle aims to offer a lower-cost option for branch lines, reopened routes or network extensions. Its bodyshell is constructed from recycled carbon fibre and it is powered by a hybrid diesel-electric powertrain, adapted from automotive engine technology, which allows a maximum speed of 65mph. A lithium titanate battery pack provides zero-emissions operation in stations and built-up areas and when at speeds of up to 20mph. The demonstrator vehicle interior is configured to provide capacity for 56 seated passengers.
The Revolution VLR consortium is led by Transport Design International (TDI); other members include RSSB, Eversholt Rail and WMG at the University of Warwick.