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.
GE hybrid locomotive ready for the market in 2014-15
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.