Amtrak‘s Pacific Surfliner adopts HVO

Amtrak‘s Pacific Surfliner adopts HVO
© Pacific Surfliner

The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner service has transitioned its passenger rail fleet to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO).

This transition indicates a step towards the use of sustainable fuels. HVO, unlike traditional fossil diesel, is derived from renewable raw materials like used cooking oil. Throughout its lifecycle, HVO is credited with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 63%. Beyond just greenhouse gas reductions, utilizing HVO can also potentially lower other emissions, including fine particulates and nitrogen oxides, contributing to enhanced local air quality.

This fuel shift involved stakeholders like the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Amtrak, the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority, and other partners.

Pacific Surfliner operates with Siemens Mobility Charger locomotives, distinguished as the first passenger locomotive to receive the Tier IV emissions certification from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). With the integration of HVO, the Pacific Surfliner further minimises its carbon footprint and promotes sustainable travel.

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