GE EVOLUTION LOCOMOTIVES PROVIDING GREEN TECHNOLOGY ACROSS CANADA
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - GE (NYSE: GE), a worldwide partner of
the Olympic Games, will join Canadian Pacific (CP) to provide Canadians with a
firsthand opportunity to share in the excitement of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic
and Paralympic Winter Games. CP's Spirit Train, a mobile ambassador of
goodwill, is traveling across the country celebrating Canada's athletes,
Olympic heritage and Canadian pride.
Canadian Pacific has selected one of its GE Evolution(R) Series
locomotives, sporting the 2010 Olympic Winter Games emblem, to lead the CP
Spirit Train on its cross-country journey. The Evolution(R) Series locomotive
is the most technologically advanced, fuel-efficient and eco-friendly
diesel-electric locomotive to-date. The engines deliver five per cent higher
fuel efficiency and a forty per cent reduction in emissions over previous
locomotive engines. GE's locomotive reduces fuel consumption by approx.
300,000 gallons over the life of the locomotive. The 4,400 hp Evolution(R)
Series locomotive was one of the first GE products to be "Ecomagination"
certified. Ecomagination is a company wide business strategy designed to help
customers reduce their environmental footprint while maximizing performance
and reducing operating costs.
Visitors who attend the CP Spirit Train events can learn more about GE's
energy efficient locomotives in a specially designed exhibit located in the
Spirit Train Village. Visitors can also enter an on-site draw to win a model
replica of an Evolution(R) Series Hybrid locomotive.
"GE is delighted to participate in a terrific family program that brings
the spirit of the 2010 Winter Games to Canadians across the country," notes
Lorenzo Simonelli, President and CEO, GE Transportation. "Powered by GE's
Evolution(R) Series locomotive, the CP Spirit Train is a great example of how
green technology contributes to sustainable transportation solutions in Canada
and around the globe."
In addition to the GE exhibit, families can enjoy winter sport
activities, explore the Spirit Train Village, hear live music featuring
six-time Juno award-winner Colin James, and interact with Olympic and
Paralympic athletes. The 2008 Canadian tour includes: Port Moody, BC (Sept.
21/08), Calgary, AB (Sept. 27/08), Edmonton, AB (Sept. 29/08), Saskatoon, SK
(Oct. 2/08), Winnipeg, MB (Oct. 4/08), Thunder Bay, ON (Oct. 8/08), Sudbury,
ON (Oct. 11/08), Mississauga, ON (Oct. 13/08), Smith Falls, ON (Oct. 16/08),
Montreal, QC (Oct. 18/08).
"CP is pleased that this recent environmentally friendly addition to our
fleet is a featured attraction in connecting communities to the 2010 Olympic
and Paralympic Winter Games," said Dan Winiski, Director of Olympic Operations
for Canadian Pacific. "We look forward to Canadians seeing the train and
catching the spirit in the Spirit Train Village."
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Electric Company (NYSE: GE), is a global technology leader and supplier to the
railroad, marine, drilling, mining and wind industries. GE provides freight
and passenger locomotives, railway signaling and communications systems,
information technology solutions, marine engines, motorized drive systems for
mining trucks and drills, high-quality replacement parts and value added
services. With sales in excess of $4.5 billion, GE Transportation is
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