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Development of battery-powered dual-mode locomotive 'Navdoot

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West Central Railway has developed a battery operated dual-mode locomotive named Navdoot.

  • This engine runs on both the modes i.e. battery and electricity.

  • Presently it is being used during shunting of trains at Jabalpur, Murwara and other stations on trial basis.

  • This dual mode locomotive has also received the Best Innovation Award from the Railway Board.

  • With this new locomotive, Railways will save 1000 litres of diesel per day and it will be used more after clearing all the trials.

  • About the Nav Doot 

  • This e-engine can haul 18 coaches at a speed of 30 kmph.

  • It has 84 batteries and currently has a towing capacity of 400 tonnes.

  • It has been developed by the Electricity Department of New Katni Junction.

  • After clearing all the tests, it will be used more widely for purposes like carrying goods, coal, oil tankers etc. to other stations.

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