CPKC expanding use of hydrogen fuel-cells on locomotives

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CPKC now has three diesel freight locomotives retrofitted with hydrogen fuel cells and lithium-ion batteries. The company will test its 4,400 horsepower locomotive, the newest and most powerful of the first three, on the challenging grades of the Rocky Mountains in July, even travelling through the iconic loops of the Spiral Tunnels. With 92 percent of our Scope 1 emissions coming from the locomotives, CPKC is focussing efforts, with government support, on decarbonizing 65 percent of its Canadian locomotive fleet, 700 vehicles on the busy tracks of Western Canada, within two decades. Retrofitting a locomotive to hydrogen is about 30 percent more expensive than simply buying a new high-powered diesel-electric locomotive. Once the locomotive passes its tests over the mountains this summer, it will be put to work in a partnership with Teck Resources Ltd. for the transportation of steelmaking coal, which will be moved from Teck’s four operations in southeastern BC to tidewater.

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