Hybrid locomotive made its debut in California

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This is a first for a major US railroad company. Union Pacific has announced the commissioning of a hybrid switching locomotive that will run on the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California.

The vehicle includes an electric battery and a diesel engine 290 horses charge of feed when discharged. According to preliminary data, such a system could reduce fuel consumption 40 70% to% and nitrogen oxides (NOx)
of 80% to 90%. railway companies, which primarily use diesel, are increasingly subjected to the pressure of environmental services for the conversion of their rail fleet to cleaner technologies (such as their Canadian neighbors).

Representatives of the Air Quality Management District (AQMD) West Coast feel that NOx emissions from all railway operations related to freight in the region each year equivalent to emissions from stationary sources 350 (including refineries and power plants electric). Next vehicle performance of the Union Pacific, the company is expected in the coming months decide whether to replace its older locomotives by the new model. Three other hybrid locomotives are currently being tested in the field
in the USA.

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Note econology: has spent several decades as diesel-electric locomotives exist in Europe: a diesel engine drives a generator that powers an electric motor. This locomotive is it really innovative? Especially when we know the Kitson-Still: steam locomotive diesel-years 1920


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