GE Transportation has completed the first production test of its GE Evolution Series Tier 4 engine, which meets the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Tier 4 locomotive emissions standards.
The production test evaluated the performance, emissions and mechanical properties of the engine.
GE Locomotives, Marine, Stationary & Drill vice-president Tina Donikowski said: "We’ve already manufactured 27 engines and the completion of this test is a major step forward in our Tier 4 journey.
"Through the efforts of the GE team in Grove City, we’ll be able to validate the test cell and the production process and make improvements to our overall plan."
The new engine was part of a $600m investment made in the Evolution Series platform. GE said this new engine requires no after-treatment to meet the emission targets.
In 2003, GE started manufacturing the Evolution Series to meet the EPA Tier 2 locomotive emission standards. The company was able to meet nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions reductions by at least 70% from Tier 3 emission standards.
The production test took place in the newly built test cell in Grove City, Pennsylvania, which has a total production of more than 3,000 engines a year. GE said that this is the first engine to go through the new test facility.
The engines will now be sent to GE’s locomotive assembly facilities to be installed into an Evolution Series Tier 4 locomotive.