Vivarail’s Class 230 battery train has achieved a UK first by travelling 40 miles on battery power alone. In testing runs through the autumn the train reliably ran this distance many times.
The Class 230 battery train is fully approved and ready for passenger service. It is able to replace ageing diesel stock on a variety of lines – providing an enhanced service due to superior acceleration.
Adrian Shooter, CEO of Vivarail, said, “We began our work on battery power a couple of years ago and since then we have tested the train in passenger service at Bo’ness, built the fast charge system and proved the range the train can operate.
“With a new type of battery which we will use in our upcoming production trains we are confidently predicting a range of 60 miles between charges with only a 10 minute charge time. We look forward to providing emission-free trains and playing a significant part in decarbonising the UK’s rail network.