GE Transportation’s 4,500th more fuel efficient Evolution Series Locomotive has entered revenue service. GE’s $4-billion transportation business marked the milestone at Railway Interchange 2011 held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from 18-20 Sept.
The Evolution Series represents a $400-million investment the most technologically advanced, fuel-efficient and low-emissions heavy haul freight locomotive to-date. GE’s bestselling locomotive reduces fuel use by 5%, or approximately 320,000 gallons over the lifetime of the locomotive, while lowering emissions by approximately 40%.
GE engaged an independent research laboratory to conduct a head-to-head fuel test between GE’s ES44AC and EMD’s SD70ACe Tier 2 emissions-compliant locomotives. According to the research study, GE’s locomotives are 6% more fuel-efficient compared to their EMD counterparts. If a railroad replaced 4,500 EMD locomotives with corresponding GE locomotives, it would save approximately 72 million gallons of fuel a year and reduce its carbon emissions by more than 580,000 metric tons annually.
The Evolution Series Locomotives operate in key rail markets worldwide, including in the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Egypt, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and Australia.
By the end of 2011, GE Transportation will have invested approximately $600 million over the past two years. The company plans to invest approximately $200 million in a new manufacturing plant in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as significant technology upgrades at its more than 100-year old manufacturing facility in Erie, Pennsylvania to meet accelerating domestic and global demand.
The Texas facility will manufacture, assemble and remanufacture GE’s rail and transportation-related products. Production is scheduled to start by the third quarter of 2012. GE Transportation’s new manufacturing site in the US will complement its existing manufacturing operations in North America. Currently, GE Transportation operates at more than 50 GE and customer facilities in the United States.
Currently, approximately 17,000 GE locomotives are in use in more than 50 countries around the world, including more than 4,500 Evolution Series Locomotives.