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.