R1 batmobile-styled prototype tram revealed in Russia
The FIFA World Cup is only at its culminating stage in Brazil, and Russia is already gearing up to lure football fans for the 2018 World Cup. Once in Russian Federation, one thing that fans will see are the batmobile-styled trams (slated to be rolled out in 2017) carrying them from one place to another. First prototype of these trams to be developed by advanced Russian tanks developer Uralvagonzavod’s subsidiary Uraltransmash were unveiled recently to bloggers in Innnoprom 2014 industrial exhibition in Yekaterinburg. Dubbed as Russia One or R1 the trams look block-like, the prototype shows that the trams will have angular sides instead of curvy sides that we have seen on trams around the world.
The trams feature black composite glass panels, similar colored body, red elongated lights and silver colored lines that make the trams look like large phones. It’s a reason some bloggers on tram unveiling, went on to dub the tram as ‘an iPhone on rails.’ The trams feature outer glass panels with electric batteries that take charge in emergency and travel up to 50km off the grid. Grooved aluminum stepping boards of the tram will feature built-in electric heaters that will run on power generated by breaking.
The interior of the tram is both comfortable and durable. It has been made spacious by sacrificing some seats, but the seats installed are really cozy and comfortable. According to the developers, the tram will cost around 1 million Euros each and will differ a little from the unveiled prototype.