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Hitachi gets order of transformers for 400 locomotives in India

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 13, 2020
Hitachi Ltd.’s group arm in India got an order for transformers for 400 electric locomotives from the state-backed Indian Railways for 1.2 billion rupees ($15.9 million).
India railway train
Hitachi   India railway train
ABB Power Products and Systems India Ltd. will make the equipment at a plant in Vadodara, part of the western state of Gujarat, to be used in locomotives produced at the railway firm’s Chittaranjan Locomotive Works factory, a Hitachi spokeswoman in Tokyo told NNA on Friday.

Topics: Hitachi India

Transformers reduce voltage to a suitable level when electric locomotives receive currents from overhead lines, channeling electricity to power essential train functions such as traction, lighting and brakes as well as heating and ventilation, Hitachi said in a statement last Thursday.

The installation of Hitachi’s transformers is part of the Indian government’s efforts to achieve zero carbon emissions within the next 10 years, the statement said.