DETROIT – GM is setting out into both the train and aircraft world with its Ultium battery and hydrogen fuel cell technology. Just this week, GM announced it would work together with Wabtec locomotives for trains and Liebherr-Aerospace for planes.
To be more specific, GM is planning on collaborating with Wabtec to develop and commercialize its Ultium battery tech and “Hydrotec” fuel cell systems to use in trains.
Details are scarce on the ground right now, but Wabtec says its concept “FLXdrive locomotive” has shown that a 100 percent battery-powered train has the potential to work. This train that Wabtec is testing now has a potential energy storage bank of 2.4 mWh, good for about 350 miles.
All factors taken into account, Wabtec said it was able to essentially reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 11 percent versus a traditional train at this distance. However, it estimates that with 6 mWh of juice, that could be as much as a 30 percent reduction.
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