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CRRC will produce a zero-emission locomotive for the port of Rotterdam

CRRC will produce a zero-emission locomotive for the port of Rotterdam
photo: CRRC ZELC ("CRRC") and Rail Innovaators Group ("RIG")/CRRC ZELC ("CRRC") and Rail Innovaators Group ("RIG")
11 / 07 / 2021

CRRC ZELC ("CRRC") and Rail Innovaators Group ("RIG") signed a joint development agreement in 2018 aimed at replacing shunting diesel locomotives in the port of Rotterdam. Once the transaction is completed, production can begin.

The zero-emission locomotive is suitable for operation at multiple mains voltages and is equipped with high-capacity batteries and intelligent brake energy regeneration systems. The advanced battery technology allows the locomotive to operate on fixed railway lines and to perform operations for maneuvering the first and last mile. In this way, emissions and noise can be reduced by avoiding the use of diesel shunting locomotives. RIG is investing in the first locomotives and expects Rail Force One to put them into operation in the port of Rotterdam in 2024.

Rail Innovators Group CEO Julian Remy is pleased that CRRC has taken on the task of designing such an innovative locomotive built to RIG specifications.

"CRRC is the largest locomotive manufacturer in the world and has proven experience in battery and hybrid technology. We rely heavily on their knowledge and skills to succeed. Using CRRC's zero-emission technology and powering it with green electricity, we invest in innovative, environmentally friendly end-to-end rail operations. “

According to Chen Kiang, Managing Director of CRRC ZELC Europe, it is time to start this project with RIG and provide innovative and zero-emission hybrid locomotives for the port of Rotterdam.

"Our locomotives are designed to achieve carbon neutrality and offer railway operators and transport hubs a green and energy-efficient alternative to conventional diesel locomotives. We hope that with the delivery of these locomotives we can contribute to RIG and the goal of the port of Rotterdam to achieve a zero-emission future. “

Emil Hoogsteden, Commercial Director of the Port Authority of Rotterdam, is also enthusiastic: “We strive to stimulate innovation and thus support this project by applying and operational analysis as proof of concept for the wider industry. The Port of Rotterdam aims to achieve a carbon-neutral port by 2050 and sees the zero-emission locomotive as an important contribution to the further decarbonization of the logistics chain. "