Evolution

Powered by GE Transportation’s 12 cylinder diesel engine, the Evolution Series Engine produces the same 4,400 HP as its 16 cylinder predecessor  with less fuel. This 45 degree, 12 cylinder, 4 stroke, turbocharged engine provides efficiency, fewer emissions and extended overhaul intervals. The engine also uses enhanced cooling and higher strength materials that dramatically improve reliability and allow for future increases in power and efficiency.

The Evolution Series Locomotive meets the most stringent emissions standards including U.S. EPA Tier 3 and EU IIIa. The Evolution Series Engine also is offered in a 16 cylinder configuration that delivers 6,000 HP.

The current Evolution Series Locomotive is the result of a 10 year, $400 million investment by GE Transportation. Introduced in 2005, it is an incredible combination of power, performance and efficiency. These locomotives provide measurably higher reliability and lower life-cycle costs than previous GE Transportation models.

They also apply GE Transportation’s proprietary AC propulsion technology and control equipment that are more reliable and provide superior performance. The Evolution Series Locomotive is so powerful that one 12 cylinder locomotive can pull the equivalent of 170 Boeing†† 747 jetliners. Built on a forward-looking and flexible global platform, the Evolution Series Locomotive is designed to meet global market needs and comply with current and future emissions standards. Today, more than 8,000 Evolution Series Locomotives are operating in 10 countries.

A product of ecomagination

GE Transportation was mindful of the environment when it developed the Evolution Series Locomotive. Not only was it essential to build a powerful, reliable and efficient locomotive, controlling its environmental impact also was critical.

The results are remarkable: The Evolution Series Locomotive represents one of GE’s most prominent ecomagination products. Ecomagination is GE’s commitment to build innovative products that maximize environmental and economic impact. Products with GE’s ecomagination designation undergo a rigorous process to prove they measurably help customers’ performance and bottom lines while simultaneously improving their environmental performance.

Reducing fuel use and lowering emissions

  • Use up to 5% less fuel while reducing emissions by more than 40% compared to previous GE Transportation models
  • 6% more fuel efficient than GE Transportation’s closest competitor in North America as validated by a nationally recognized, independent research institute
  • Meet EU IIIa emissions standards
  • Meet Russian GOST Standards and Safety Norms
  • Designed to more easily accommodate future EPA, UIC and GOST emissions requirements

ES44AC

GE Evolution Series ES44AC locomotive represents an incredible combination of power, performance and efficiency. Originally designed to meet US EPA Tier 2 emissions, the ES44AC model utilizes a 12-cylinder GE Evolution Series engine which leverages 4-stroke combustion technology to maintain horsepower, lower emissions and fuel consumption compared to GE’s predecessor 16- cylinder FDL engine. From 2005 to 2015, the ES44AC became GE’s standard North American locomotive and a platform for others worldwide.

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ES40ACi

GE Evolution Series ES40ACi locomotive began commercial operation in South Africa in early 2016. Equipped with a 12-cylinder, 4,200 horsepower GE Evolution Series engine, the ES40ACi locomotive delivers high power output to enable enhanced productivity and flexibility in heavy haul operations. The advanced AC traction system and individual axle control technologies provides enhanced reliability and get home capabilities helping railroads avoid costly rescue operations. Finally, the ES40ACi locomotive can be connected to an online RM&D center to help optimize live asset utilization and maintainability.

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ES43BBi

GE Evolution Series ES43BBi locomotive is a heavy- haul locomotive specifically designed for 1,000 mm gauge railways and is equipped with a powerful 12-cylinder 4500 HP GE Evolution Series engine, a technologically advanced AC traction system with individual axle control and robust articulated trucks. It is also equipped with a redesigned Air-to-Air system and new extra blowers directly integrated on to the traction motors. The ES43BBi locomotive comes with lower life-cycle costs due to improved fuel efficiency, lower emissions, and reduced parts wear.

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ES44ACi

GE Evolution Series ES44ACi locomotive has been engineered to efficiently operate in the hottest climates and harshest mining environments. Equipped with a turbocharged 12-cylinder GE Evolution Series engine, a high ambient cooling system and individual axle control technology, the ES44ACi locomotive provides exceptional performance in the extreme climate of Australia. With excellent fuel efficiency and low life-cycle costs, the ES44ACi locomotive ensures that your daily operations are efficient and uninterrupted.

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ET44C4

GE Evolution Series ET44C4 locomotiveis an industry breakthrough, delivering a modern and efficient alternative to the DC-powered locomotive models. Compared to GEDC EVOs and Dash 9 locomotives, the ET44C4 model powers only 4 axles rather than 6 while maintaining the performance of a DC locomotive, allowing railroads to enjoy savings both in locomotive price (compared to the ET44A locomotive model) and operating cost (fewer traction motors to maintain). One of the ET44C4 locomotive technology breakthroughs is a unique feature, the Dynamic Weight Management (DWM) System, that continuously monitors traction performance. Whenever additional adhesion is required, the DWM system automatically transfers some of the weight from an idler axle to the AC-powered axles without operator assistance.

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ET44AC

GE Evolution Series ET44AC locomotive meets the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) stringent Tier 4 emission standards without use of any type of after-treatment, which allows the railroads to have significant savings through area infrastructure cost avoidance and reduced operational costs. Part of the ecoimagination-certified Evolution Series, the ET44AC locomotive is designed to meet Tier 4 emissions standards by reducing emissions by 70% below Tier 3 requirements. GE Transportation has invested $600M in the Evolution Series since its introduction in 2005, and is the first supplier of Tier 4 locomotives for Class 1 railroads.

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Air-to-air cooling

The locomotive incorporates GE Transportation’s most advanced cooling system in rail transport. In addition to a standard radiator and fan configuration, locomotives powered by the Evolution Series Engine use an advanced air-to-air cooling system for engine combustion air to enhance performance while lowering emissions.

AC individual-axle traction control

Evolution Series Locomotives deliver GE Transportation’s industry-leading AC individual-axle traction-control technology that enables greater hauling power by significantly reducing slippage on startups, inclines and during suboptimal track conditions. This unique technology ensures optimum performance, less wasted energy and substantially reduces maintenance costs and associated down time during the locomotive’s life compared to older DC and other AC technology traction systems.

Dynamic braking

In addition to air brakes, the Evolution Series Locomotive is equipped with dynamic braking technology that reduces wheel and brake shoe wear by an estimated 20 to 40%, depending on usage. Delivering up to 117,000 lbs. of (AC) braking effort, the locomotive uses field-tested grids and blowers from GE Transportation’s AC 4400 and Dash 9 locomotives. The braking grids are also completely isolated for greater reliability and simplified maintenance.

Computer-controlled architecture

The locomotive features sophisticated operator controls that improve diagnostics and simplify operation. The consolidated control architecture of the Evolution Series Locomotive makes it easier to upgrade software and download data. “Smart” displays eliminate several add-on black boxes in favor of a computer and display combination that enhances both reliability and operator ergonomics.

The Evolution Series Locomotive Global Platform, the Evolution Series meets local needs around the globe.

In Australia, GE Transportation’s Evolution Series Locomotive brings advanced locomotive technology to the energy-intensive mining industry. Rio Tinto Iron Ore depends on Evolution Series Locomotives to support its mining operations in the country’s Pilbara region.

In Brazil, the 6,000 HP Evolution Series ES58ACi Locomotive was modified to run on biodiesel fuel to comply with Brazil’s renewable energy regulations. These models transport iron ore from the edges of the Amazon region to the port at Sao Luis by Vale, the largest Brazilian mining company.

In China, GE Transportation’s Evolution China Mainline Locomotive is powered by a 6,000 HP engine. This custom-built locomotive is designed to achieve 75% more HP and produce 28% less nitrogen oxide (NOx) per HP hour than the locomotives in China’s current mainline fleet. In Egypt, Egyptian National Railway (ENR) introduced its first AC model — the Evolution Series Locomotive — in 2009. Transporting freight and passengers, these locomotives provide best-in-class fuel efficiency to significantly reduce ENR’s fuel consumption.

In Kazakhstan, Evolution Series Locomotives are assembled in a new plant in Astana, helping modernize the country’s rail infrastructure, diversify its economy and strengthen its manufacturing industry. In Mongolia, the Evolution Series Locomotive runs on the Ulaanbaatara Railway, a key gateway connecting landlocked Mongolia with the countries of Europe, East Asia and Southeast Asia.

In North America, Evolution Series Model ES44AC transports raw materials, finished goods, coal, grain and commodities on the continent’s vast and diverse rail infrastructure. In North America, BNSF is using Evolution Series ES44C4 Locomotives as a cleaner, faster, safer and more reliable alternative to DC-powered locomotives. The advanced technology of of the ES44C4 Locomotive reduces fuel use by 17% and emissions by 70% compared to existing DC locomotives.

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