GE Unveils the First Tier 4 Heavy-Haul Locomotive
Cleanest, smartest and most fuel-efficient diesel-electric Evolution® Series Locomotive for heavy-haul freight will meet EPA Tier 4 emission requirements
Breakthrough diesel engine technology to reduce key emissions by more than 70 percent
Enables freight railroads to save more than $1.5 billion in infrastructure and operating costs
Locomotives designed and developed in partnership with GE’s U.S. rail customers and manufactured domestically
Investment of $600 million over eight years to hone cutting-edge technology
GE Transportation today unveiled the prototype for its next Evolution® Series Locomotive that will decrease key emissions by more than 70 percent and save railroad customers more than $1.5 billion in infrastructure and operational costs1. GE expects that the locomotive will be the first in the industry to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) stringent “Tier 4” emission standards, which call for the single-largest emission reduction in the tiered program’s timeline. The new locomotive will meet this standard with technological advancements versus costly alternatives, which require special exhaust additives and infrastructure investments.
This new locomotive is part of GE’s ecomagination-qualified Evolution Series Locomotive family – the best-selling global locomotive platform. Today, more than 5,000 Evolution Series Locomotives operate in the U.S. and globally, allowing railroads to move one ton of freight more than 480 miles on a single gallon of fuel. This new engine technology is the result of an initial six-year, $400 million investment, followed by a two-year, $200 million investment to hone the research, design and engineering to meet Tier 4 standards.
The EPA has introduced “Tier 4” industry standards that require reduction of locomotive emissions to curb the potential environmental effects typically associated with these emissions. Effective in 2015, the EPA will require manufacturers of locomotive diesel engines to lower particulate emissions 70 percent and NOx 76 percent, compared to engines first introduced in 2005. Alternative solutions would likely rely on the use of a Urea exhaust additive to meet these Tier 4 emission standards, requiring railroads to build an extensive network of fueling stations across North America. As a result of GE’s diesel engine combustion research and innovative technology, GE’s Evolution Series Locomotive will not require the additive and railroad customers will not have to incur the costs related to rail infrastructure upgrades.
From a GE Transportation Press Release