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Wabtec’s 100% Electric Locomotive Trickle Suddenly Becomes International Flood

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Clean Technica.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Whelp, that was fast. The locomotive manufacturer Wabtec lit up the Intertubes last November when it debuted the new FLXdrive 100% electric locomotive in Pennsylvania, but that was just the beginning. The company has nailed down two clients in Australia for its carbon-free choo-choo while also locking in a spot on the new Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking, which aims to green up railway systems throughout Europe.

It certainly has been quick.

Usually, only in times of war, do things go that fast.

But you could argue that climate change is as big a threat to the world than China, Iran, North Korea or Russia.

January 18, 2022 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , ,


  1. Clean Technica’s article is a piece of under researched popularistic – well I hesitate to call it, journalism.
    Do people really make a living from writing this sort of thing?

    Comment by fammorris | January 18, 2022 | Reply

  2. But China is the biggest threat to climate change, apart from anything else. Not sure where Russia and the US sit on the list but they can’t be far behind from the climate change perspective.
    The only reason the UK is so far down the list is because the Conservatives in the 70’s and 80’s managed to kill off (or force out) most of our heavy industries.

    Comment by Andrew Bruton | January 19, 2022 | Reply

  3. Just for the record about the Clean Technica’s article, the UK’s involvement in Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking is part of the larger Horizon Europe R&D programme. The UK government announced recently that just like Israel, Norway, Serbia, and Ukraine we will associate to Horizon Europe. Only Swiss project partners intend to be exclusively funded by their government, an option open to the UK in the event things don’t pan out.
    That will take care of purely British research bodies like Universities, Research Associations and public bodies like Network Rail etc. To say the UK is frozen out when talking about multinational companies; that is in practical terms a nonsense. Why, because even US and Japanese input to the scheme can be channelled through European subsidiaries.
    The EU is still in the process of formalising the UK’s association, but UK-based applicants can apply straight away. A lot more messy than direct contact but I’m sure it will function.
    If delays to UK association continue, the UK government has confirmed successful Horizon Europe applicants will in any case be receive funding from UKRI in the same way the Swiss operate.
    Brexit may have made a seamless process tortuous but for practical purposes the vast percentage of cooperation will work out.
    I worry more about any unnecessary divergence in standards caused by a parochial ‘special case’ mindset here; Britain isn’t that special.

    Comment by fammorris | January 19, 2022 | Reply

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