CP Rail to Use Batteries from Switzerland-based Leclanche for Hydrogen-Powered Locomotive Project
08:36 AM EDT, 05/11/2021 (MT Newswires) -- Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (CP.TO, CP) will use batteries from Switzerland-based Leclanche SA for its hydrogen-powered locomotive project, the companies said Tuesday.
CP Rail will retrofit a line-haul diesel freight train with hydrogen fuel cells and Leclanche's lithium-ion batteries to power the vehicle's traction motors. The hydrogen project currently aims to test the technology's readiness for the freight rail sector before rail service trials and qualification testing can begin.
Leclanche will also provide its proprietary energy management software for integration with the fuel cell modules.
This comes as CP Rail battles Canadian rival CN Rail (CNR.TO, CNI) for control of Kansas City Southern. CP Rail said the planned testing of the hydrogen-powered trains will take place along its rail network in Canada.
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