100% Battery Powered Locomotive For Heavy-Haul Operations

BNSF and other railroads have tested low-horsepower battery-electric locomotives in rail yards for years, but mainly for switching freight cars

On #earthday, Wabtec announced that it currently testing the first mainline heavy-haul locomotive that was 100% battery powered. Essentially providing a 10-30% fuel saving for the complete consist.

Wabtec’s Battery-Electric Locomotive (BEL) pilot is part of a $22.6-million grant project with BNSF and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. The company is designing and building a full-size, 100-percent battery-electric freight locomotive featuring an overall energy-management system, including approximately 20,000 battery cells onboard, which coupled with advanced system-optimization controls (ie Trip Optimizer) will improve performance.

BEL is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment— particularly in disadvantaged communities.

100% Battery Powered Locomotive For Heavy-Haul Operations

In August 2019, BNSF in an online post,“BNSF Leads The Charge On Testing Battery-Electric Locomotive”, noted that: “BNSF and project partners are developing…

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