Following the completion of the design work, CRRC will start the production of a zero-emission shunting locomotive under the joint development collaboration with Rail Innovators Group (RIG) established in 2018 and agreed by the Port of Rotterdam Authority. The full electric innovative locomotive will be built according to RIG’s specifications.
“CRRC is the largest locomotive manufacturer in the world and has a proven track record in battery and hybrid technology. We have great trust in their know-how and competence to make this a success. By using CRRC zero-emission technology and powering it with green electricity, we invest in becoming the frontrunner in environment-friendly railway operations with zero emission, end-to-end,” Julian Remie, CEO Rail Innovators Group said.
The zero-emission shunting locomotive is suitable to run under multiple network voltages and is equipped with high-capacity batteries and intelligent breaking energy regeneration systems. The advanced battery technology allows the locomotive to operate on non-electrified railway lines and perform first and last mile shunting operations. Thus, the diesel shunting locomotives can be avoided, reducing emissions and noise.
CRRC is prepared to start the project with RIG to provide innovative and emission-free hybrid locomotives for the Port of Rotterdam.
“Our locomotives are designed in line with the goal of reaching carbon neutrality and offer rail operators and transport hubs a green and energy-efficient alternative to traditional diesel locomotives. We hope that with the delivery of these locomotives, we can contribute to RIG and the Port of Rotterdam’s objective to reach a future with zero emissions,” Chen Qiang, the Managing Director CRRC Europe said.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority is committed to push innovation forward and is supporting this project with the implementation and operational analyses for a proof of concept for the wider industry. “The Port of Rotterdam strives towards a carbon neutral port by 2050 and views the zero-emission locomotive as an important contributor to further decarbonization of the logistic chain,” Emile Hoogsteden, Commercial Director at Port of Rotterdam Authority said.
Rail Innovators Group is a private holding company acting within multiple disciplines of the railway industry with Railrelease, Raillogix and Rail Force One.