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September 22, 2010

GE hybrid locomotive ready for the market in 2014-15

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IRJ at InnoTrans, Berlin: GENERAL Electric announced today that its project to develop a hybrid battery-diesel locomotive is making good progress. Last year GE committed $US 160 million to build a factory to make the batteries for the new locomotive. ``The facility will be running next year to produce the batteries," said Mr Lorenzo Simonelli, president and CEO of GE Transportation.

GE expects to be able to commercialise the new locomotive in 2014-15. The hybrid locomotive is expected to have lower emissions, better fuel consumption, and be much quieter than a conventional diesel-electric locomotive.

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