Union Pacific plans to purchase battery-electric locomotives

Union Pacific expects the first locomotives will arrive in late 2023, with complete delivery by late 2024. 
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – On Friday, Union Pacific announced their plans to purchase 20 battery-electric locomotives.

Union Pacific says they will begin to test the new electric locomotives in yard operations.

According to Union Pacific, this investment into the new locomotives and upgrades to railyard will be the largest by a U.S. Class I railroad, exceeding $100 million.

Union Pacific will purchase the locomotives from Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company and Wabtec Corporation.

“We’re committed to actions that reduce Union Pacific’s environmental footprint as we work toward our ultimate goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050,” said Lance Fritz, Chairman, President and CEO of Union Pacific. “These investments will contribute to further developing this important technology and providing industry-wide benefits.”

Union Pacific expects the first locomotives will arrive in late 2023, with complete delivery by late 2024.

The locomotives will be tested in California and Nebraska rail yards, they’ll be tested for performance in different climates to help identify possible challenges.

According to Union Pacific, for every 10 battery-electric locomotives used, approximately 4,000 tons of carbon will be eliminated annually.

Union Pacific released their first comprehensive Climate Action Plan in Dec. 2021, outlining efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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