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Indiana port introduces two hybrid locomotives


Today, the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville will dedicate two new hybrid locomotives designed to reduce diesel emissions by 25 percent.

The new equipment was purchased through a $200,000 Clean Ports USA grant secured by the port, Indiana Department of Environmental Management and MG Rail, the port's short-line operator. Administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Ports USA is an incentive-based, voluntary program designed to help ports reduce emissions from existing diesel engines and non-road equipment.

MG Rail's new equipment includes two locomotive "slugs," or electric locomotives with no engine or cab, and four auxiliary power units.