GE Transportation said it has completed the first production test of its GE Evolution Series Tier 4 diesel engine. The production test evaluates the performance, emissions and mechanical properties of the engine. GE said it is the first engine to go through its newly built test cell in Grove City, Pa. and will be sent to one of GE’s locomotive assembly facilities to be installed into a GE Evolution Series Tier 4 locomotive.
The new engine meets the EPA’s Tier 4 locomotive emissions standards, which took effect on January 1st, 2015. GE Transportation said it was able to meet NOx and PM emissions reductions by at least 70% from Tier 3 emission standards. The new test cell, built specifically for the Tier 4 engine, is equipped to improve technology and tooling that test for performance and Tier 4 emissions levels.
“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,” said Tina Donikowski, vic president of GE Locomotives, Marine, and Stationary & Drill. The Grove City facility has a production capacity of approximately 3000 engines a year.