Union Pacific has ordered 10 of Wabtec’s new FLXDrive electric locomotives.

(Source: Wabtec Corp. via Elektrek)


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The Wabtec FLXDrive platform (pronounced "Flex-Drive") is a class of Battery-electric locomotives manufactured by Wabtec's GE Transportation subsidiary beginning in 2019. Using a modified version of the GE Evolution Series platform, FLXdrive is Wabtec's first zero-emissions locomotive, storing power in 20 racks of lithium-ion battery cells. FLXDrive is a hybrid-electric locomotive, meaning it works in conjunction with traditional diesel-electric locomotives to provide regenerative braking for a train. The locomotives are capable of up to half an hour of operation on their own batteries when not connected to another locomotive.

The first locomotive, number 3000, was successfully tested on BNSF Railway in 2021 and found to reduce fuel consumption when paired with conventional diesel-electric locomotives. Since 2020, FLXDrive locomotives have been ordered by Union Pacific, Canadian National, Rio Tinto, BHP, and Roy Hill. The first locomotives are scheduled to enter service in 2023.

In 2022, Wabtec announced a line of battery-electric locomotives including 6-axle, 4-axle, and foreign market variants. Wabtec plans to market the FLXDrive in tandem with hydrogen powered locomotives, allowing the two types to complement each other.


Overview Wabtec FLXDrive

Type and origin
Power type Battery-electric
Builder: Wabtec/GE Transportation
Build date: December 2019 - Present
Total produced: 1 (18 on order)
​• AAR A1A-A1A
Gauge: 4 ft 8+1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)
Trucks: GE Hi-Ad
Performance figures
Maximum speed: 75 mph (121 km/h)
Power output: 4,400 hp (3,281.08 kW)
Operators: Union Pacific, Canadian National, Rio Tinto, BHP, Roy Hill
Locale: United States, Australia