Canadian Pacific unveils prototype hydrogen line-haul locomotive

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Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) has unveiled the new livery of its prototype hydrogen-powered line-haul locomotive. The locomotive, the H2 0EL or Hydrogen Zero Emissions Locomotive, is the first of its kind in North America.

According to Canadian Pacific, the livery design elements, including the paintwork and wordmark, were carefully selected to convey CP’s commitment to sustainability and innovation. The blue and green paint colours represent sustainability, water and technology, while the H2 0EL wordmark features angled typography to symbolize movement and progress in action.

The first H2 0EL is now being prepped for its official painting and launch. Once launched, CP will demonstrate and evaluate the technical performance of hydrogen-powered locomotives and supporting fueling infrastructure in real-world operations. 

CP’s Hydrogen Locomotive Program involves retrofitting a line-haul locomotive with hydrogen fuel cells and battery technology to drive the locomotive’s electric traction motors.

“This is a globally significant project that positions CP at the leading edge of decarbonizing the freight transportation sector,” said Keith Creel, CP’s president and chief executive officer. “CP will continue to focus on finding innovative solutions to transform our operations and implement our Climate Strategy, positioning CP and our industry as leaders for a sustainable future.”

The work builds on CP’s prior experience with testing low-emitting locomotive technologies, including biofuels, compressed natural gas and battery-powered solutions. Nearly the entire freight locomotive fleet of all railway operators in North America consists of diesel-powered units, representing the industry’s most significant source of greenhouse gas emissions.

The ability to retrofit diesel locomotives with a zero-emission technology provides a practical pathway to decarbonizing the freight-rail industry.