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GM, Wabtec to develop hydrogen powered locomotives

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Posted at 6:56 AM, Jun 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-16 06:56:14-04

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it has signed a deal to develop railroad locomotives powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and battery system.

GM and locomotive maker Wabtec Corp. signed a nonbinding agreement to use GM battery and hydrogen technology to help railroads cut carbon emissions.

Pittsburgh based Wabtec says it already has built a battery-powered locomotive prototype. Fuel cell locomotives will follow full development of the electric version.

Financial details of the venture were not released.

The companies say in a joint statement that Wabtec’s experience in energy management will help to develop zero-emissions long-haul locomotives.