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New Amtrak and Siemens Mobility deal: 50 more Charger locomotives on the way!

New Amtrak and Siemens Mobility deal: 50 more Charger locomotives on the way!
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27 / 06 / 2022

Siemens Mobility has received an order from Amtrak, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation of the United States, for 50 additional Charge locomotives, adding to the initial 75-unit order placed in 2018.

The total cost of the new contract, which includes the original order placed in 2018, is up to $2 billion. The agreement covers the manufacturing of the 125 diesel-electric units and a long-term service deal, which includes technical support, spare parts, and material supply.

The ALC-42, also known as the Amtrak Long-distance Charger, is the most energy-efficient Tier 4 passenger locomotive in the industry. It has superior performance to its predecessors, including lower emissions of nitrogen oxide by more than 89% and particulate matter by 95%. It also has a higher top speed of 125 mph and consumes less fuel than its earlier counterparts. These locomotives will mainly replace Amtrak's P40 and P42 diesel-electric locomotives, which were put into service three decades ago and have lower top speeds while operating under different emissions standards.

Amtrak Vice President and Chief Mechanical Officer, George Hull, stated that the organization is committed to continuously seeking new and innovative technologies to reduce health and climate impacts while meeting transportation needs. Albrecht Neumann, CEO of Rolling Stock at Siemens Mobility, added that they are honored to supply Amtrak and its passengers with the latest in sustainable and intelligent rail technology.

The ALC-42 locomotives, which are manufactured at Siemens Mobility's rail production plant in Sacramento, California, comply with the Federal Railroad Administration Buy America Standards. The facility is one of the largest and most sustainable in North America, and much of its energy comes from a solar panel installation with a capacity of 2.1 MWp. Siemens Mobility has a vast network of U.S. manufacturing facilities that includes eight locations, more than 4,000 workers, and around 2,000 American suppliers, including Cummins, which produces the Tier-4 compliant diesel engines used in the locomotives.