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Union Pacific orders ten Wabtec FLXDrive battery-electric locomotives, the largest investment by a North American railroad

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North American railroad Union Pacific announced it has purchased ten FLXDrive battery-electric locomotives from manufacturer Wabtec. The purchase marks the largest number of FLXDrives placed in a single order for Wabtec, as well as the largest investment in battery-electric locomotives by a North American railroad (Union Pacific).

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World’s second largest mining corporation orders four Wabtec battery-electric locomotives

Wabtec electric locomotive

Rail freight manufacturer Wabtec Corporation has announced its latest customer is Rio Tinto, one of the largest metal and mining companies on the planet. Rio Tinto’s order for four of Wabtec’s FLXdrive battery-electric locomotives will support its effort to achieve a 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.

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CN purchases battery electric freight locomotive from Wabtec to support sustainability goals

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Canadian National Railway Company (CN) announced the purchase of Wabtec’s FLXdrive battery-electric freight locomotive, the first to join its 19,500-mile rail network. The purchase was part of CN’s sustainability strategy to reduce freight transportation emissions and will be supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

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Wabtec unveils its battery-electric train following the first official purchase

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Rail freight manufacturer Wabtec Corporation has officially unveiled the newest version of what it calls “the world’s first battery-electric freight train.” The electric train, known as FLXdrive Battery Locomotive, is no longer just a prototype and has made its official debut in Pittsburgh, PA, following Wabtec’s first sale of the locomotive earlier this week.

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EGEB: GM and Wabtec will develop electric freight locomotives

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • GM and Wabtec will work together to develop and commercialize electric locomotives.
  • The US consumed a record amount of clean energy in 2020, reports the EIA.
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