RailPower locomotives to become part of south California emissions reduction programVANCOUVER, BC-RailPower Technologies' Green Goat(R) and Green Kid hybrid yard locomotives have been approved for funding under California's Carl Moyer emissions reduction program. Both will be used in the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). The locomotives are designed to cut smog-precursor oxides of nitrogen (NOX) and particulates by 80 to 90% and greenhouse gas emissions by 50 to 80%, compared to conventional yard locomotives. "This is further validation of our technology in a very important U.S. airshed. Our hybrid locomotives can make a real impact in state and federal strategies to reduce harmful emissions," said RailPower president and CEO Jim Maier. Additional benefits, he noted, include reduced diesel fuel consumption, lower noise levels and maintenance costs, and better availability.
The Carl Moyer program is an incentive-based program which taps into available new environmental technologies to help California advance clean air goals. RailPower's line of hybrid locomotives is aimed at North America's switcher replacement industry. The Green Goat(R), at 2,000 equivalent horsepower, is for the largest rail yards, while the Green Kid, at 500 to 1,000 hp, is for smaller industrial yards. The Vancouver-based company has a U.S. office in Erie, Pennsylvania. More information is available from Nigel Horsley at RailPower, 604/904-0085, ext 215, Web site www.railpower.com.