May 18, 2013
Greenovation: Amtrak And Siemens Introduce New “Green” Electric Locomotives
Courtesy of Pat Byington, The Green Register Editor
This week, Amtrak and Siemens announced they are rolling off the assembly line the first of 70 new energy efficient electric locomotives.
According to Siemens, the new locomotives accomplish the following sustainability goals:
– Save over 3 billion kilowatt hours of energy;
– Increase energy efficiency resulting in more than $300 million in savings over 20 years.
– Regenerative braking can feed up to 100% of the energy generated from braking back to the power grid.
The new locomotives will operate on Northeast Regional trains at speeds up to 125 mph on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) along the Washington – New York – Boston route and on Keystone Service trains at speeds up to 110 mph on the Keystone Corridor from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, Pa. In addition, all long-distance trains operating on the NEC will be powered by the new locomotives.
Here is a detailed infographic that describes the entire project.
Siemens Video on the new “green” locomotives:
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