The world's first electrically powered freight train has landed on the rails in the USA. In order to zero carbon emissions and prevent climate change, more investments are made in electric vehicles and fossil fuel vehicles are abandoned.
Although there were electric train lines in many parts of the world, all of them served as passenger trains. However, the train named FLXdrive started to serve as the world's first fully electric freight train.
The electric freight train developed by the Pittsburgh-based US railway company Wabtec can store 100 times more energy than a Tesla car and uses a 7 megawatt battery.
Rail freight transport accounts for a quarter of the carbon emissions generated by transportation in the USA. For this reason, it is very important that trains become fully electrified.
The first time FLXdrive hits the rails, while not a big leap forward in tackling the climate crisis, offers hope for the future.
As more railway companies move to new technologies in the future, it could enable the world's most preferred travel and freight transport to become fully electrified.