Vivarail wins environment award for Class 230 train

Vivarail heading for Wales
Credit: Vivarail

Vivarail has announced that they have won the Environment award for their Class 230 battery train and fast charge system.

The awards are one of the industry’s top events.

Vivarail have always been working to reduce their impact on the environment and carbon footprint.

The train manufacturers power systems are modular and interchangeable, this means that a train built as a diesel unit could easily be converted to run on batteries if required.

The Class 230 battery train has:

  • 60 miles range between charges
  • 10 minute recharge time
  • And can be fitted with range extenders (such as pantograph, genset or fuel cells)

The first of the battery-powered variants are currently being built for Transport for Wales, it is a 3 car unit with 2 battery driving motor cars and diesel gensets on the middle car.  The gensets are used primarily to charge the batteries and provide a secondary traction system.

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  • Congratulations Vivarail. I think Vivarail should start converting the Class 230 DEMU/BMUs to be used on TfW Rail as they have converted some of the Class 230s to be used on the Marston Vale Line which started service few months ago.