This has been an unrivalled week of ‘firsts’ for Vivarail.  In a few short days we have:

– Carried out the longest journey on battery power across the iconic Forth Bridge
– Welcomed guests from around the world to our train
– Announced new export plans to North America
and more …

One of our major successes has been the growth of our export sales.  RDC of Pittsburgh ordered a 2-car battery train which is now running demonstration trips for Pop Up Metro – a new concept in urban travel for the United States.

A second train is on order and being built right now – ready for shipping to the US shortly.

RDC’s Chairman, Henry Posner III, has been with us this week, explaining just why the Class 230 battery trains are ideal for the North American market and his plans to expand Pop Up Metro over the coming years.  Just this week he has received new enquiries from Pittsfield and Portland regarding buying the COP train itself.  

Other international guests have come to see the train and learn about our traction and charging technology.

From Remed, Carlos Alvarez De Alba, gave a passionate speech about bringing zero-emission battery trains to Mexico.  Vivarail and Remed have been working together for three years on projects across Latin America.  Although Covid has delayed several of those, Carlos explained how important it is to introduce new technologies and how Remed intends to do that.