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Vivarail – world leader in battery trains and systems

Designers and manufacturers of the UK’s only battery and battery hybrid trains, able to provide unlimited emission - free travel off the wires


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Net zero battery trains

Vivarail battery and battery hybrid trains – alternatively powered metro, commuter and regional services for cleaner, quieter cities. Vivarail Fast Charge battery-electric trains automatically recharge using its battery bank infrastructure which store off-peak power from renewable sources.

Seamless, recharging gives the Class 230 unlimited range.

It is a technology which can also repower diesel trains and extend the range of electric trains beyond the wires.

Two, three or four car trains can be recharged from power banks, located at stations and depots.

The trains will only draw power when required which maintains battery life and gives the train almost unlimited range. With three batteries on each car the train is a perfect combination of weight and power.


Fast Charge

Designers and manufacturers of Fast Charge able to recharge a battery train to full power in circa 10 minutes


Developers of new traction technology able to convert diesel trains to clean battery operation and as range extenders for existing electric trains

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Vivarail has spent six years investigating, trialling, developing and testing battery technology for rail.  Today it has the UK’s only battery trains, fully approved for passenger service – with the first fleet of operational battery hybrids built for Transport for Wales.

Vivarail in the news

Vivarail is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of emission-free battery and battery hybrid trains. Vivarail’s high-performance battery technology and Fast Charge provides almost unlimited range – it is electrification by other means with recharging in only 10 minutes. See below for the latest news and developments.

15th UK Japan Rail Working Group

15th UK Japan Rail Working Group

15th UK-Japan Rail Working Group Alternative powered rolling stock: battery trainsThank you for visiting Vivarail: these images and notes are assembled to answer some of the important formative details behind our business and technologies. We are particularly...

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COP26 Battery Train makes the evening news

COP26 Battery Train makes the evening news

ITV evening news reports from Glasgow about Viviarail's battery train showcasing green technology at COP26. This rounds off an excellent two weeks at the climate change conference where we have had a royal visit, the prime minister, the mayor of the West Midlands and...

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West Midlands – Home of the Green Industrial Revolution

West Midlands – Home of the Green Industrial Revolution

We were privileged to welcome Andy Street, Mayor of Birmingham, today. Together with the West Midlands Combined Authority we hosted a special event to look at the work being done across the region to innovate and deliver new green technologies. Network Rail COP26 Pic...

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