Friday, 14 May, 2021

Pepy announces the end of diesel locomotives at SNCF


“We need to get out of rail diesel not in 2050 as was planned but in 2030-2035,” Guillaume Pepy said on RTL.

Guillaume Pepy

SNCF will stop using diesel locomotives by 2030-2035 to replace them in particular with hydrogen-powered trains, SNCF general manager Guillaume Pepy announced on Friday. “We need to get out of rail diesel not in 2050 as was planned but in 2030-2035,” Guillaume Pepy said on RTL.

To do this, the railway company relies on prototypes of hydrogen locomotives developed by Alstom. “From the beginning of next year we will stop the operation. We will be ordering in the summer, it will probably be Alstom prototypes and we will have these prototypes I hope in early 2022 in France, ”said Guillaume Pepy. While the majority of SNCF traffic today passes through electrified tracks, diesel locomotives still represent around 20% of the company’s fleet.

(With Reuters)

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