October 7, 2009

AND THE TRAIN SHALL LEAD THEM:

World's First All-Electric Locomotive Has Over 1,000 Batteries, Runs 24 Hours On a Single Charge (Adrian Covert, 10.07.2009, Popular Science)

Norfolk Southern is the latest company to push a piece of heavy industrial machinery into green territory with their 100% electric NS 999 locomotive. The zero-emissions train makes use of 1,080 12-volt batteries that allows it to run for 24 hours on a single charge--all while carrying the same load as a conventional locomotive.

Developed in conjunction with the Department of Energy, the 1,500 horsepower machine makes use of regenerative braking for extra power and is also able to recharge in just two hours (requiring calibration once a week).

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 7, 2009 5:01 PM
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