GM, Wabtec to develop hydrogen powered locomotives

Normal Motors says it has signed a deal to develop railroad locomotives powered by a hydrogen gas cell and battery system

DETROIT — Normal Motors has signed a deal to develop railroad locomotives powered by a hydrogen gas cell and battery system.

Below a nonbinding settlement with locomotive maker Wabtec Corp., GM batteries and hydrogen expertise will likely be utilized in locomotives to assist railroads minimize carbon emissions.

Wabtec already has constructed a battery-powered locomotive prototype. The Pittsburgh firm stated it was used with two diesel locomotives in a California check earlier this 12 months that minimize emissions by 11%. Gas cell locomotives will observe full improvement of the electrical model.

The businesses say in a joint assertion Tuesday that Wabtec’s expertise in vitality administration will assist the businesses develop zero-emissions long-haul locomotives.

Monetary particulars of the enterprise weren’t launched.

GM has been growing hydrogen gas cell energy techniques for years. The techniques will likely be assembled at a manufacturing unit in Brownstown Township, Michigan, close to Detroit that may be a three way partnership with Honda. GM and Honda have been working to collectively develop gas cell autos.

In January, GM introduced one other partnership to make hydrogen gas cell energy techniques for heavy truck firm Navistar. The businesses will run a check with trucking firm J.B. Hunt to haul freight alongside yet-unidentified corridors within the U.S. in about three years.

Navistar says its hydrogen vehicles will be capable to go greater than 500 miles (800 kilometers) on a single cost and will be refueled in lower than quarter-hour.

GM says Hydrogen gas cells have a bonus over battery-electric powered vehicles, with an extended vary pulling heavy masses and since they are often refueled quicker.

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