Rail Innovators Group (RIG) initiated a joint development agreement together with Railway equipment manufacturer CRRC in 2018, aiming to replace diesel shunting locomotives in the port of Rotterdam. Now that the deal is complete, production can start.
The zero-emission locomotive is suitable to run under multiple network voltages and is equipped with high-capacity batteries and intelligent breaking energy regeneration systems. The advanced battery technology allows the locomotive to operate on non-electrified railway lines and perform first and last mile shunting operations. Thus, diesel shunting locomotives can be avoided, reducing emissions and noise. RIG invested in the first locomotives and expects its railway undertaking Rail Force One to put them into operation in the port of Rotterdam in 2024.
Julian Remie, CEO Rail Innovators Group is very pleased that CRRC took the challenge to design such an innovative locomotive, built to RIG’s specifications. “CRRC is the largest locomotive manufacturer in the world and has a proven track record in battery and hybrid technology. We have great trust in their know-how and competence to make this a success. By using CRRC zero-emission technology and powering it with green electricity, we invest in becoming the frontrunner in environment-friendly railway operations with zero emission, end-to-end.”
According to Chen Qiang, Managing Director CRRC Europe, it’s time to start this project with RIG and to provide innovative and emission-free hybrid locomotives for the Port of Rotterdam. “Our locomotives are designed in line with the goal of reaching carbon neutrality and offer rail operators and transportation hubs a green and energy-efficient alternative to traditional diesel locomotives. We hope that with the delivery of these locomotives, we can contribute to RIG and the Port of Rotterdam's objective to reach a future with zero emissions.”
Emile Hoogsteden, Commercial Director at Port of Rotterdam Authority is enthusiastic as well: “We aim to push innovation forward and therefore support this project with the implementation and operational analyses for a proof of concept for the wider industry. The Port of Rotterdam strives towards a carbon neutral port by 2050 and views the zero-emission locomotive as an important contributor to further decarbonization of the logistic chain.”