That rate was when they were new. Their current availability rate on UP has fallen below the GE Dash9's not to mention the GEVO's. [...]I'm sorry if this is off-topic, but I think a couple of corrections are needed.
Better lease terms on GE + better fuel efficiency + better long term availibility.
--The SD70M had an availability of 97-98% when new. It has dropped to 94-96%.
--The oldest (ex-SP) SD70M's have been outlasting newer GE's on the UP, going a million miles before major overhauls compared to an average of 750,000 with GE's.
http://www.trainorders.com/discussion/r ... ,nodelay=1
--The 4000-4300 hp EMD 710 is between 1.5% and 4% more fuel-efficient than the 4400 hp GE FDL.
http://www.ontruck.org/update/pdf/Locom ... ssions.pdf
http://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/diesel/1020 ... lemssn.pdf
None of this really has anything to do with the GEVO vs. ACe debate, nor indeed with GEVO's at all (the original topic). So... 'nuff said.