Sustainable Transit Technology
'Revolution VLR' Project
'Revolution VLR' is a consortium, led by TDI, which is dedicated to the development of next generation, 'very light rail' technology. A key aim of the project is to facilitate low cost connectivity of regional and rural areas. TDI, who is already leading the field in the design of lighter, 'light rail' vehicles, believes that such an approach is fundamental to the provision of integrated and sustainable, short range public transport systems both now and in the future.
In November 2013, the Consortium was successful in winning financial support from EIT (the RSSB Future Railway Enabling Innovation Team funded by the DfT) for developing a unique self-powered bogie with an integral, hybrid propulsion system and kinetic energy recovery system.
Following the award of a further grant from the RSSB and new investment from Eversholt Rail and other partners, Phase 2 of the project now continues with the development of a complete railcar demonstrator. The 'Revolution' vehicle will be available for testing and trials on a suitable test track in 2020.
TDI is supported by: Cummins, Eversholt Rail, Prose AG, RDM Group, Transcal Engineering and WMG (University of Warwick) who together form the 'Revolution VLR Consortium'.