GM banding together with Wabtec on electric cargo trains for the rail industry


General Motors and Wabtec Corp. are cooperating to create and market electric trains utilizing the automaker’s battery and power device advancements.

The organizations declared on Tuesday the marking of a nonbinding reminder of comprehension for GM to design and supply its Ultium battery and Hydrotec hydrogen hydrogen fuel cell systems for Wabtec cargo trains.

“Wabtec’s decision to deploy GM’s Ultium battery and Hydrotec hydrogen fuel cell systems further validates our advanced technology and demonstrates its versatility,” GM President Mark Reuss said in a statement.

Execution of the frameworks for the rail business would extend GM’s client base for the arising advances, while giving Pittsburgh-based Wabtec a provider for battery and hydrogen fuel cell for electric trains.

Wabtec has created and tried a battery-electric train called FLXdrive, which is controlled by around 18,000 battery cells. The organization says the model was important for a $22.6 million award from the California Air Resource Board granted to Wabtec, BNSF Railway and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

The organizations declined to deliver monetary terms of the arrangement or a potential time span for commercialization of a battery or fuel cell-powered locomotive.

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