It is equipped with a 1.9MWh-capacity lithium-ion battery pack, with options to expand this to 2.4MWh. The shunter will undergo trials later this year and is expected to begin full service at Vale’s Tubarão rail yard soon after. Progress Rail plans to release the locomotive globally from early 2021.
IRJ 2020 Innovations Showcase: Progress Rail develops battery-powered shunter
The new EMD Joule battery-powered shunting locomotive, developed in collaboration with Vale, Brazil, has a nominal power of up to 2.2MW and an operating time of up to 24 hours, depending on charging and use.