Sunday, August 20, 2017

Uralvagonzavod unveils prototype of R1 Russian tram

Russian tank manufacturer Uralvagonzavod unveiled the prototype of the R1 street car last Wednesday at Innoprom 2014 in Yekaterinburg.

The R1, or Russia One, is a sleek black tram with sharp angels and composite glass panels. The vehicle also features red elongated lights and silver lines throughout its body, giving it a look similar to a smartphone. Several of the R1's designers have characterized the vehicle's appearance as "an iPhone on rails," according to RT.com.

The interior of the R1 is designed to be both comfortable and durable, with long benches for seated passengers and several arrays of handrails for those standing. Each car is designed to fit 28 passengers.

Moreover, the R1 was designed for use in regions of Russia with severe climate and features electronic stepping boards which can melt ice. The tram can also run for up to 31 miles on its electric batteries in the event that the vehicle is separated from its power lines, RT.com reports.

Uralvagonzavod is prepared to begin producing series versions of the R1 tram in time for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. If officials in the Sverdlovsk region decide to purchase a fleet of R1 trams, each vehicle will cost $1.36 million.