• We're Back - Of Sorts

  • Discussion of Electro-Motive locomotive products and technology, past and present. Official web site can be found here: http://www.emdiesels.com/.
Discussion of Electro-Motive locomotive products and technology, past and present. Official web site can be found here: http://www.emdiesels.com/.

Moderator: GOLDEN-ARM

  by Gilbert B Norman
 
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/06/15/gm-part ... tives.html

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General Motors and Wabtec Corp. are partnering to develop and commercialize the automaker’s battery and fuel cell technologies for locomotives.
The companies have signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding for GM to engineer and supply its battery and fuel cell systems for Wabtec locomotives.
Wabtec has developed and tested a battery-electric locomotive called FLXdrive, which is powered by about 18,000 battery cells
I suppose that Swedish kid has "threatened" to come over here and chain herself to the rails, unless the roads "acquiesce" to her "agenda". But I think it will be a "hard sell" considering how many locomotives have in storage owing to the efficiencies they have learned through "The Gospel According to Saint Elwood" (PSR).

Someone must establish to the Class I's that there is a "breakthrough" akin to Diesels v. Steam for them to bite. That Swedish kid will not be enough.
  by umtrr-author
 
If I am recalling my Very Early Diesel History correctly, there were battery-powered locomotives, which didn't quite work out. So there's a bit of "Full Circle" in addition to "We're Back."
  by Allen Hazen
 
We may be seeing a "Nixon goes to China" moment in the shifting of alliances: the two partners in this project are Wabtech, who bought out General Electric's locomotive business, and General Motors, who left the locomotive business some time back when they sold EMD.
  by PCook
 
One significant problem with battery locomotives is that if anything goes wrong, and there is a lot of electrical potential sitting there all the time ready for action, the combustion has many of the same characteristics as a chemical fire in a pile of tires.

PC