Wabtec develops a sustainable locomotive for rail freight in Brazil

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The American railway technology company Wabtec has introduced a durable heavy-haul locomotive for the Brazilian rail freight market.

The ES44ACi diesel-electric locomotive will first be delivered to Suzano, MRS and Rumo.

Wabtec has already secured contracts to supply 25 locomotives to these companies.

The new engine technology is expected to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by more than 5% compared to its predecessor.

Wabtec Vice President of Products Daniela Ornelas said, “The ES44ACi locomotive features the Evolution Series diesel engine, producing the same 4,500 horsepower from just 12 cylinders as its predecessor, the 16-cylinder FDL engine.

Rumo will take delivery of the ES44ACi diesel-electric locomotive in the coming weeks.

The company would be Brazil’s largest rail operator.

The diesel-electric locomotive is expected to help logistics operator MRS advance its system.

MRS operates a 1,643 km rail network in the states of Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

Anelise Salzani, General Manager Maintenance Engineering at MRS, said: “We are acquiring the ES44ACi because we expect it to be a high horsepower, low diesel consumption locomotive.

“It integrates two pillars of the company: the search for more productivity and the reduction of the volume of emissions, the consolidation of a more sustainable operation.”

Wabtec provides heavy and passenger rail equipment, locomotives, systems, digital solutions and services. The company is present in more than 50 countries.

US-based Norfolk Southern last week awarded Wabtec a multi-year contract to retrofit 330 locomotives to further improve its fleet’s fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

As part of the agreement, the D9-44CW locomotives will be upgraded to convert to AC44C6M, adding an additional 20 years of life to each locomotive.

The improved FDL Advantage engine will be included in these locomotives, which will also be equipped with several digital solutions.

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