CN is proud to announce its purchase of Wabtec’s FLXdrive battery-electric freight locomotive, the first 100 percent battery heavy-haul locomotive for the region in support of CN’s sustainability goals. This new technology is a key component in achieving an effective transition to a lower carbon future. Recognizing the potential of the initiative, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection awarded financial support for the initiative under the Marine and Rail Freight Movers Grant Program.
For its first battery-electric freight locomotive, CN plans to partner with Wabtec to put in service its next generation of FLXdrive technology, which will reduce fuel consumption and emissions by up to 30 percent. The anticipated efficiencies and emission reductions from the technology will be significant and help open the door to new alternatives beyond the diesel-powered locomotives used today.
“I am excited to see that the Canadian National’s (CN) Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad (B&LE) Company has received a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to help with the purchase of a new innovative Wabtec battery-electric locomotive. As a member of a family that has proudly worked for Bessemer for four generations, I am thrilled by this opportunity to accelerate the future of rail by promoting cleaner and more efficient transportation. I would like to offer my congratulations to CN’s B&LE and Wabtec as they work together to create sustainable and efficient railroads for future generations.” – Pennsylvania State Rep. Parke Wentling (R-17th District)
-via Press Release