The RCF plans to produce 248 coaches. Currently, the cost is expected to be between Rs 2.8-3 crore per coach, approximately 10 percent more than the existing AC-III tier coach. The earning potential of these coaches for railways is also greater, due to more capacity.
The next goal is to redesign the unreserved General compartment and transform it into the AC class, too.
The new AC cab has a capacity of 83 instead of the usual 72 passengers. This was done by transferring the electric high-voltage switchgear, now mounted on all coaches on board, to the underframe, a first for Indian Railways.
The prototype looks like an improvement from the current AC-III tier rather than an improved version of the non-AC Sleeper.
Each berth will have its own individual AC vent, much like in luxury cars. This was achieved in the coach by redesigning the entire AC ducting (pipes carrying the air from the AC unit).
A wider, disabled-friendly toilet entrance door, which is a new initiative, is given for each bus.
The berths themselves are a modern, modular design product. A new concept is available for the ladder for climbing to the upper beds. Designers suggest this one is non-intrusive. In the middle and upper berths, there is increased headroom.
In both longitudinal and transverse bays, there are foldable snack tables, and holders for water bottles, phones etc.
The inside of the coach has luminescent aisle markers, as in airlines, and illuminated berth indicators integrated with night lights with luminescent berth numbers. In existing trains, when new passengers have to turn on the lights to check their berth numbers, passengers are sometimes disturbed at night.
There is a new template for the western and eastern-style toilets.
A recent addition is flexible window curtains. Fire safety complies with the EN45545-2 HL3 global benchmark for materials.