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 complete, production can begin.
The zero emission locomotive is suitable for operation under multiple mains voltages and is equipped with high-capacity batteries and intelligent brake energy regeneration systems. Advanced battery technology allows the locomotive to operate on unpowered railway lines and perform first and last mile maneuvering operations. Thus, emissions and noise can be reduced by avoiding the use of diesel shunting locomotives. RIG has invested in the first locomotives and expects railway company “Rail Force One” to commission them in 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 manufacturer and has a proven track record in battery and hybrid technology. We rely heavily on their knowledge and skills to make this a success. By using CRRC's zero-emissions technology and powering it with green electricity, we are investing in pioneering zero-emissions, end-to-end eco-friendly rail operations.”
According to Chen Qiang, Managing Director of CRRC ZELC Europe, it is time to start this project with RIG and provide innovative and emission-free hybrid locomotives for the Port of Rotterdam.
“Our locomotives are designed with the goal 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-emissions future.”
Emile Hoogsteden, Commercial Director of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, is also enthusiastic: “We aim to drive innovation and thus support this project with application and operational analysis for a proof-of-concept for the wider industry. The Port of Rotterdam aims to achieve a carbon-neutral port by 2050 and sees the zero-emissions locomotive as an important contribution to further decarbonisation of the logistics chain.”