Revolve developed the concept for the VivaRail trains from experience with bus and commercial vehicle Hybrids. This system uses an advanced light commercial vehicle engine with state-of-the-art emissions control and is housed in a self-contained power module that can be quickly decoupled for service or replacement. Multiple ECU’s allow the system to operate the engines as power is required, running one to four engines depending on the system demand.
Two years after being awarded the contract, Revolve is pleased to announce that the VivaRail prototype Class 230 genset will be in passenger service this year.
Designed and manufactured at Revolve HQ in Essex, the team have been involved in extensive durability testing on the Vivarail train project, prior to its governing body acceptance earlier this year, and European Type Approval was granted to Revolve for the railcar power unit build.
The Class 230 train has been designed as a cost-effective solution to over-crowding on the rail network, which costs considerably less to acquire and run, and uses about a third less fuel.
Cllr Roger Lawrence, transport lead on West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) added, “The trains are a really innovative solution to the shortage of diesel trains across the UK. I’m delighted that we have been able to work with local partners to trial this new train.”
Each driving car is powered by two independent ground-breaking engine modules provided by Revolve, which ensure the train can operate at near full power even if one engine should fail, and the gensets also allow the train to be maintained trackside, rather than needing to return to a depot.
Adrian Shooter, CEO of Vivarail, said “I’m delighted that the Class 230 will soon be running on the mainline carrying passengers. We will be supplying a train of the highest quality.”