Oxford-based Unipart has been awarded a Department of Transport (DfT) and Innovate UK funding to accelerate its zero-emissions rail technology.
Unipart will share the $12 million award with Hyperbat – Unipart’s joint venture with Williams Advanced Engineering – to develop the industry-changing electric Trac Rail Transposer (TRT-e).
The ‘TRT-e’ project was named a winner in Innovate UK’s Environmental Sustainability category.
According to a company press release, Unipart will utilise Hyperbat’s prowess in designing and manufacturing high-performance electric vehicle batteries.
The partnership will work together to replace the current diesel power unit with an electric motor, battery power pack and electronic control system.
Electric technology will enable the TRT to be worked more extensively on the rail infrastructure where diesel emissions and noise pollution are a particular problem, for example, in underground systems, tunnels and enclosed stations.
The TRTs will be designed by McCulloch Rail and are said to be the safest, most versatile, rail handling machine on the rail infrastructure.
For the record, Unipart’s rail division supplies over 60 of the world’s leading rail industry companies.
It also possesses the UK’s largest range of products for servicing and maintaining the rail industry.
In addition to the Hyperbat joint venture, Unipart has also won a number of grants from the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK in the design and manufacture of zero-emissions technology.
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