This zero-emission train uses new batteries, developed by Vivarail, to combine maximum range with the ability to recharge quickly. The result is a train that can travel for up to 80 miles on battery power and recharge in only 10 minutes using Vivarail’s patented Fast Charge system.
Fast Charge’s development was supported by an Innovate UK grant and will shortly begin its final stage of Network Rail approvals.
At COP26, Vivarail will support the UK Government and wider rail industry’s ambition to reach Net Zero and carbon reduction targets by bringing to life this emission-free technology to a number of audiences, including graduates and global partners. Inspiring the leaders and innovators of the future is key to reaching Net Zero and fulfilling the UK’s carbon reduction targets.
As part of the spirit of collaboration across the rail industry for COP26, which will be held in Glasgow from November 1, Vivarail has been helped by SLC Operations, Alstom and VTG with drivers, electrical charging and transport.
Last year, Network Rail became the first railway company in the world to commit to the most stretching science-based targets for reducing carbon. A key part of the strategy for achieving those targets is decarbonising traction energy through further overhead line electrification and using alternative fuels, including battery and hydrogen trains.
A hydrogen-powered train will also feature in a fringe event at COP26, announced earlier this year by Network Rail and Porterbrook. This will give guests, including leaders and climate experts, a first-hand experience of British technological innovation and expertise, and how alternative fuel trains of the future will play a vital part in building back better and greener from the pandemic.
Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris, said: