New electric cargo train put into operation

NANJING,Oct.10(Xinhua)--AnewtypeofelectriccargotrainwasputintooperationonSaturdayatasteelplantinNanjing,capitalofeastChina'sJiangsuProvince,accordingtoitsdevelopers.

Withoutexternalpowersupplies,the14.9-meter-longtrain,designedforshort-distancetransportationinlargefactories,useslithiumironphosphatebatteriesasitspowersource.

Thecargotrain,withamaximumdesignspeedof20kmperhour,cantravel120kmwithafullloadof2,500tonnes,accordingtotheChinaElectricPowerResearchInstitute.Ittookoneandahalfyearsfortheinstitutetodevelopthevehicle,togetherwiththeStateGridJiangsuElectricPowerCo.,Ltd.

"Diesellocomotivesaregenerallyusedtotransportgoodsatsteelplants,whichcausesseriouspollution,"saidLuanNing,themarketingdepartment'sdirectoroftheStateGridNanjingPowerSupplyCompany.

Itisestimatedthateveryoneoftheelectriccargotrainscanreduceabout172tonnesoffuelconsumptionandtheemissionofaround817tonnesofcarbondioxideandothergreenhousegaseseachyear,theinstitutesaid.Enditem