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Dramatically more powerful: world’s first battery-electric freight train unveiled

On November 22nd, 2021

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based freight train manufacturer Wabtec unveiled its first battery-electric locomotive on September 10. The company said it could help significantly reduce carbon emissions in the future.

When paired with traditional diesel engines, the battery-powered train reduced fuel consumption by over 11 percent and led to an 11 percent reduction in carbon emissions. “Which is the equivalent of removing over 6,200 gallons of diesel fuel and slashing nearly 70 tons of carbon emissions,” said Rafael Santana, the president and CEO of Wabtec.

Wabtec showed off the new battery-electric locomotive at Carnegie Mellon University as part of a new venture between the two organizations to develop zero-emissions technology to help move the 1.7bn tons of goods that are shipped on American railroads each year.


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