GE-T was recently shortlisted by the Indian Railways to compete for this tender. Alone with BHEL and Indian Railways, GE-T intend to form a joint venture company for this purpose. It planned to supply diesel locomotives based on the company's global 'Evolution Series' platform, which was the most technologically advanced, fuel-efficient and low emissions locomotive in the world, a GE-T release said here on Tuesday, Oct 21. Evolution Series was one of the best-selling product and more than 2800 units were in use at present. It delivered five per cent higher fuel efficiency and a 40 per cent reduction in emissions over previous locos.
GE-T President and CEO, Lorenzo Simonelli, said BHEL's know-how, customer centricity and local operations would help GE to delivery its product to Indian railways in a timely and cost-effective manner.
For more than 45 years, BHEL had been a leading supplier of propulsion systems and locomotives to Indian Railways. It manufacturer about 160 electric locos and supplied over 4000 sets of electric propulsion systems to Diesel Locomotive Works.
GE-T has established itself as a global technology leader, with close to 4000 researchers and engineers working at GE-T's John F Welch Technology Centre in the city. This is its first and largest integrated, multi-disciplinary R and D Centre outside the US.
The US major had earlier bagged a 300 mainline locomotives to Chinese railways.