PowerHaul is based on GE's successful Evolution series design, more
than 2800 of which have been ordered by operators worldwide since 2005.
The Co-Co design employs high-adhesion ac traction motors with
individual axle control. The British version has full-width cabs and a
narrow body, while the European version features a full-width body
capable of accommodating ETCS Level 2 signalling equipment and up to
three national signalling systems.
The PowerHaul engine is
expected to receive EU Stage IIIa emissions certification by the end of
this month. The first two PowerHaul locomotives, designated class 70 in
Britain, will be delivered to Freightliner in November, and will be
followed by a second batch of four locomotives a month later.