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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 TransportationTuesday | 7 Comments
We’ve covered plenty of plug-in hybrid  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.
The train, developed in conjunction with the US Department of Energy , the Federal Railroad Administration , and Penn State , 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  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 the national railroad system.
Via Boston Herald 
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