CRRC to produce zero-emission locomotive for Dutch port of Rotterdam


crrc Netherlands to produce zero-emission locomotives for the port of Rotterdam

CRRC ZELC (“CRRC”) and Rail Innovaators Group (“RIG”) signed a joint development agreement in 2018 aimed at replacing diesel shunting locomotives in the port of Rotterdam. Now that the deal is done, production can begin.

The zero-emission locomotive is suitable for operation at multiple mains voltages and is equipped with high-capacity batteries and intelligent braking energy regeneration systems. Advanced battery technology allows the locomotive to run on unpowered rail lines and perform first and last mile shunting. Thus, emissions and noise can be reduced by avoiding the use of diesel shunting locomotives. RIG has invested in the first locomotives and expects the railway company “Rail Force One” to put them into service at the port of Rotterdam in 2024.

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

“CRRC is the world’s largest locomotive builder and has a proven track record in battery and hybrid technology. We rely heavily on their knowledge and skills to make it a success. By using CRRC’s zero-emission technology and powering it with green electricity, we are investing in pioneering zero-emission and environmentally friendly rail operations from end to end.

According to Chen Qiang, Managing Director of CRRC ZELC Europe, it is time to launch this project with RIG and provide innovative and emission-free hybrid locomotives for the Port of Rotterdam.

“Our locomotives are designed with the aim of achieving carbon neutrality and offer rail 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 Port of Rotterdam’s goal of achieving a zero-emission future.

Emile Hoogsteden, Commercial Director of the Rotterdam Port Authority, is also enthusiastic: “We aim to stimulate innovation and thus support this project with application and operational analysis for a proof of concept for the entire 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 decarbonisation of the supply chain.


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