Progress Rail to provide hybrid diesel/battery electric locomotives in Brazil

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Progress Rail has announced at InnoTrans 2022 in Berlin, Germany, this week that it plans to provide hybrid locomotives to customers, combining diesel engines and batteries, leveraging the company’s continued innovations in propulsion technologies.

Hybrid locomotives offer another capable option in the Progress Rail suite of locomotive emissions reduction technologies, the firm noted.

Brazilian rail logistics company, Rumo is taking delivery of the first hybrid locomotives from Progress Rail in 2022. Two GT38H intermediate power locomotives are being delivered in 2022 for trials in regional freight services.

“These hybrid units will provide fuel and emissions reductions with lower upfront investment for our valued customers like Rumo,” said Marty Haycraft, president, and chief executive officer of Progress Rail. “We are pleased to support our customers with solutions that help them reach their sustainability goals.”

These locomotives use modular architecture to remain flexible to future fuels, retain the capability of their diesel counterparts, and are capable of both regenerative and external battery charging.

“Sustainability guides all our actions at Rumo, so the relationship with Progress Rail is very important to us and has the purpose to bring the best solution to our operations,” added Marcus Jorge, Rumo rolling stock director. “With the positive result of the tests, we will be able to increase the number of hybrid locomotives. In addition to their environmental impact, they will add more comfort to our machinists and increase safety in our rail network.”