GE to show off hybrid locomotive

Posted by Humphrey Cheung

Los Angeles (CA) – General Electronic will be unveiling its prototype hybrid electric diesel locomotive in Los Angeles Union Square tomorrow.  The train’s engine will produce 4400 horse-power and will have batteries to capture energy during dynamic braking.  GE says the engine will reduce fuel consumption and emissions by 10 percent.

The company claims the 207-ton locomotive will work more efficiently at higher altitudes and steep inclines as the battery power assists the engine.  GE says enough energy is captured by the brakes over the course of a year to power 160 households.

The locomotive has been traveling on Union Pacific tracks for the past week on the way to Los Angeles.  It will still be some time until the locomotive reaches commercial production.  There is no word on which freight hauling company will be the first customer.