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RailPower to gauge Japanese market for hybrid locomotives


RailPower Technologies Corp. recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Mitsui Bussan Transportation System Co. Ltd. to explore the market potential for RailPower’s hybrid locomotive technology in Japan.

Mitsui will conduct a study on the technology for Japan Freight Railway Co. and other potential users in the country. The railway owns 562 electric and 244 diesel locomotives.

“Japan is not dissimilar to other areas of the world where low horsepower locomotives have become old and the industry is facing tightening restrictions on emissions,” said RailPower President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Maier in a prepared statement.

RailPower produces the Green Goat® and Green Kid® locomotives at plants in Calgary, Alberta; Boise, Idaho; and Longview, Texas. The locomotives feature 130-horsepower diesel generators and long-life recyclable batteries.

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