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

The world’s first battery-electric freight train was unveiled at an event in Pittsburgh on Friday, amid a fresh attempt by some US lawmakers to slash carbon emissions from rail transport in order to address the climate crisis.

FLXdrive ‘Electrifies’ Pittsburgh

Wabtec’s FLXdrive, described as “the world’s first 100% battery, heavy-haul locomotive,” fresh off testing on BNSF, was front and center at a Sept. 10 event at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to mark the signing of two MOUs (memorandum of understanding). One, noting CMU as “a top university in engineering, artificial intelligence, battery technology, autonomy and robotics,” involves Wabtec and the university “formalizing their joint aim to create technologies that will decarbonize freight rail transport, improve freight safety, and generate greater rail network utilization.” The other is between Wabtec and Genesee & Wyoming “to pursue zero-emission battery and hydrogen freight strategies, as well as increase rail utilization across North America.”

Australian mining firm is first buyer for Wabtec battery-electric locomotive

Australian mining company Roy Hill has become the first purchaser of Wabtec’s FLXdrive battery-electric locomotive.

All aboard: Wabtec shows off its battery electric locomotive in Pittsburgh (photos)

Wabtec Corp. showed off its fully electric, FLXdrive battery-operated locomotive on Friday at its Freight 2030 Mission to Net Zero event in South Oakland area of Pittsburgh

Electric Trains Nearer

Learn why Wabtec's FLXdrive battery electric locomotive is gaining significant interest from Australian mining operations.

Wabtec locomotive remanufacturing program completes 1,000th unit

Wabtec has reached a milestone, completing its 1,000th remanufactured locomotive at plants in Fort Worth; Erie, Pa.; and Contagem, Brazil, since the program’s start in 2015.

Port of LA, Wabtec Launch Cargo Volume Forecaster

The Port, in partnership with Wabtec, reported the launch of Horizon, “a long-term cargo volume predictive feature” of its Port Optimizer™ Control Tower data tool, on July 19.

Battery-powered trains could be a climate game changer. Is everyone all aboard?

Colossal freight locomotives are a fixture of the American landscape, but their 4,400-horsepower engines collectively burn 3.5 billion gallons of diesel annually, at a time when railroads and other fossil fuel users face pressure to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

CSX Selects Wabtec for Power Upgrades

CSX is teaming with Wabtec to modernize locomotives across its fleet, boosting their fuel efficiency and reducing emissions

Wabtec Reduces Emissions at Kiel Port With Shore Power Solutions

Wabtec Corporation and the Port of Kiel celebrated today the installation of a sustainable shore power solution to support cruise operators. ShoreCONNECT has the potential to reduce nearly all emissions from cruise ships by providing shore power while berthing at the port.

GM to supply electric batteries, hydrogen fuel cell systems for Wabtec locomotive

General Motors Co (GM.N) will supply electric batteries and hydrogen fuel cell systems for rail supplier Wabtec Corp’s (WAB.N) locomotives, in a move extending the No. 1 U.S. automaker’s reach outside the automotive sector.

Wabtec Has Deal With GM To Develop New Type Of Railroad Locomotives

Watch what Alan Hamilton, Senior Engineering Executive at Wabtec had to say about our new partnership with General Motors in an interview with KDKA-TV | CBS Pittsburgh

Wabtec Unveils New Additive Manufacturing Facility

Wabtec occupies 11,000 square feet of space in the first building of Neighborhood 91, an additive manufacturing and 3D-printing supply chain hub in Pittsburgh, Pa.