Wabtec and GM develop for railway fuel cell solutions

Wabtec and GM develop for railway fuel cell solutions-railway

General Motors (GM) announced the middle of the week that its own investment is increased to the areas of e-mobility and autonomous driving from 2020 to 2025 to $ 35 billion. The enhanced commitment is to accelerate the transformative strategy to become the market leader in E-Cars in North America. In addition, to become world market leader in battery and fuel cell technology through its own ultium battery platform and hydrotec fuel cells. Especially the area of the railway industry should be tackled in the coming years.

Together with WABTEC Corporation, General Motors informed that companies will jointly develop and market the Ultium battery technology of GM and Hydrotec hydrogen fuel cell systems for WABTEC locomotives. A non-binding declaration of intent to promote the joint vision of an emission-free future in transport was signed by GM and WABTEC. It is planned that WABTEC brings its expertise in energy management and system optimization to develop a solution for heavy duty locomotives that fully exploits the advantages of the advanced technologies of GM.

“The railway industry is on the threshold to a sustainable change with the introduction of batteries and hydrogen to the drive of locomotive liquors. Our FLXDrive locomotive, the world’s first 100 percent battery-powered locomotive, has proven that it can reduce carbon emissions by up to 30 percent when operating at 6 MWh. But that’s not all. Through cooperation with GM in the Ultium battery and Hydrotec hydrogen fuel cell technology, we can speed up the path of the railway industry for the decarbonization and the way to emission-free locomotives by using these two important drive technologies.”- Rafael Santana, CEO and President of Wabtec

Wabtec and GM signed a non-binding declaration of intent to promote the joint vision of an emission-free future in transportation. WABTEC will contribute its expertise in energy management and system optimization to develop a solution for heavy duty locomotives that fully exploited the advantages of the advanced technologies of GM.

Mark Reuss, GM President, expressed as follows on the common plans: “The rail networks are of crucial importance for the transport and ability of GM to serve our customers in all of North America, and WABTEC‘s bold plan for the decarbonization of heavy duty and other locomotive applications contribute to promoting our vision of a world without accidents, emissions and congestion. The decision of WABTEC to use the Ultium battery and the Hydrotec hydrogen fuel cell systems of GM is another confirmation for our advanced technology and shows its versatility.”

It is expected that GM’s Ultium Battery Technology offers the flexibility, efficiency, performance and reliability required for rail transport. Ultium Cells LLC, the Joint Venture of GM with LG Energy Solution, currently builds battery cell works in Ohio and Tennessee. The Hydrotec hydrogen fuel cell electricity cube of GM must be compact and easy to pack and can be used in a variety of applications, including locomotives. Hydrotec fuel cell systems are created from worldwide procured parts of Fuel Cell Systems Manufacturing, LLC in Brownstown, Michigan, the production joint venture of General Motors and Honda, assembled.

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2 thoughts on “Wabtec and GM develop for railway fuel cell solutions”

  1. Since I’m curious what GM brings about locomotives in a few years – except hot air.

    At another group With dedicated board or a startup, I would have greater hopes that in the end really something for the future in rail transport.

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