GM to make its Ultium batteries and hydrogen fuel cells for locomotives

General Motors will engineer and supply its Ultium battery technology and its Hydrotec hydrogen fuel cell system to power locomotives.

GM and Wabtec Corporation, a company that provides equipment and other services to the freight and rail industry, said Tuesday they will collaborate for Wabtec’s locomotives.

The companies said they have signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding. Both share a vision of a zero-emissions future in transportation, they said in a statement. Because it’s a nonbinding deal, definitive agreements on financials will be announced at a later date as project plans are refined, a GM spokesperson said. The precise timing is not yet determined.

“The rail industry is on the cusp of a sustainable transformation with the introduction of batteries and hydrogen to power locomotive fleets,” said Rafael Santana, CEO of Wabtec.