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The remarkable 'BatTram' leads a Russian Revolution in tram design

Posted by Luke Upton on Jul 10, 2014


A unique and innovatively designed tram has been unveiled this week at a trade show in Russia. The creators of the R1 have set out to “change attitudes towards the very idea of public transport.” And the design of this 'BatTram' as some are labelling it is certainly eye-catching with elements of Batman, Blade Runner and your iPhone all being an influence. The designer himself, Alexsey Maslov has cited as his influences; “retro futurism of the 80-s, neo art deco and imperial style." The R1, or Russia One, was developed by a subsidiary of Uralvagonzavod, a company best known for producing advanced Russian tanks allied with Atom Experimental Design Bureau.


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Depending on the capacity chosen between 150 and 190 passengers can ride the tram entering through one of four doors on each side of the 24 m long and 2500 mm wide prototype. Other features that will be available for any transit agency purchasing the tram will be GLONASS, GPS navigation, Wi-Fi and antibacterial handrails.


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The tram is planned to be rolled out 2017, in time for Russia to host the FIFA World Cup the following year. SmartRail World hasn’t seen the prototype but transport blogger and tram driver Ivan Solomin has so click here to see what he thinks. For more on the tram itself including techncial data visit the site of the designers here.



(See also: Industry focus: Designing a better passenger experience.)

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Topics: Passenger Information Systems, quirky

Luke Upton

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