Progress Rail to supply BNSF with zero exhaust emission locomotives

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Carolina Worrell, Editor-in-Chief

Progress Rail (a Caterpillar company) announced on September 23 that it will supply up to four EMD® Joule battery-electric locomotives to BNSF Railway (BNSF). Supported in part by grants, the locomotives, which will be delivered in 2024, would replace BNSF diesel units operating in Southern California, with charging systems for continuous operation.

“Combining its extensive locomotive expertise with Caterpillar, Progress track will deliver the first battery electric locomotive with a storage capacity of eight MWh, making the SD70J units the largest battery electric locomotives in North America,” the company states.

Marty Haycraft, President and CEO of Progress Rail

“Progress Rail is thrilled to provide this revolutionary zero tailpipe emissions technology to BNSF,” said Marty Haycraft, President and CEO of Progress Rail. “We are committed to helping our customers achieve their emission reduction goals.”

BNSF Vice President of Environment and Sustainability John Lovenbourg

“The Joule Locomotive is an exciting advancement in battery electric locomotive technology with more energy storage and faster charging,” commented BNSF Vice President of Environment and Sustainable Development John Lovenbourg. “The project is well aligned with BNSF’s commitment to innovation and leadership in sustainable freight. We are focused on continuing to reduce environmental impact in the communities where we operate and are proud to do our part to assess the commercial and operational viability of emerging technologies that reduce emissions.

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