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Norfolk Southern Unveils Zero Emission Plug-in Electric Train

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On October 6, 2009 @ 6:00 pm In Green Transportation,Innovation | 8 Comments

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We’ve covered plenty of plug-in hybrid [1] electric cars, and now Norfolk Southern Corp. is extending the same technology to locomotives with its prototype battery-powered train, the NS 999. The 1,500 horsepower switching train is powered exclusively by a series of 1,080 lead-acid 12-volt batteries. The best part – since the NS 999 doesn’t have a diesel engine, it releases zero emissions.

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The train, developed in conjunction with the US Department of Energy [2], the Federal Railroad Administration [3], and Penn State [4], recharges its batteries during braking. When fully juiced up, the locomotive can operate three shifts before recharging.

The $1.3 million NS 999 may just be a prototype now, but it could radically cut down on the railroad system’s carbon footprint if widely deployed. The transportation [5] sector in the US accounts for nearly a third of greenhouse gas emissions. Let’s hope the NS 999’s plug-in technology is commercialized before the US expands [6]the national railroad system.

Via Boston Herald [7]

+ NS Corp [8]

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[1] plug-in hybrid: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/21/bright-automotive-unveils-100-mpg-commercial-truck/

[2] US Department of Energy: http://www.energy.gov/

[3] Federal Railroad Administration: http://www.fra.dot.gov/

[4] Penn State: http://www.psu.edu/

[5] transportation: http://www.inhabitat.com/transportation

[6] expands : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-speed_rail_in_the_United_States

[7] Boston Herald: http://www.bostonherald.com/business/general/view.bg?articleid=1202459&srvc=business&position=recent

[8] + NS Corp: http://www.nscorp.com/nscportal/nscorp/Media/News%20Releases/2009/batteries.html

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