LEASING company Eversholt Rail will join an industry consortium that will develop, manufacture and market the Revolution VLR (very light rail) vehicle.
The consortium, led by Transport Design International Ltd (TDI), includes the University of Warwick, Cummins and other companies from the automotive and rail sectors.
The DfT, through RSSB (Rail Safety & Standards Board), is also investing £3million in the project.
The Revolution VLR is a bi-directional, 18-metre-long railcar, with seating for 56 passengers and standing room for a further 60.
It will be manufactured out of lightweight materials using a modular structure while retaining crashworthiness to achieve a tare weight of less than one tonne per linear metre and able to run on lightweight modular slab track.
The vehicle will be self-propelled, with zero-emission launches from stations but featuring regenerative braking and optimised hybrid propulsion.
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