Any engine commonality with EMD's new 1010? If it's just the latest revision of the Cat engine that carried that designation number in the past, it didn't make it in the railroad business 30 years ago, and I doubt it does now.
It especially sounds similar with all the EMD technology that has been reused. Good for controlling cost, but perhaps less than ideal for taking full advantage of a more modern power plant that long ago proved itself in other uses like the maritime world.
And this strikes me as the same corporation competing with itself, although I doubt it affects EMD's ECO repower line any. If it were a road switcher option utilizing the same technology in scaled down form as EMD's latest T4 road locomotive, maybe that would sway a Class 1 somewhere.
Instead, I bet they'll be hard pressed to ever sell more than 20 of these and they'll all go to urban centers and be paid for by taxpayer funds. To get major orders out of the pockets of a Class 1, this has to be significantly superior to something like a GP20ECO to get a major railroad to take on the task of maintaining a new line of engines and all the associated costs.
And matching, let alone topping EMD, is something all these alternative green suppliers of locomotives have yet to manage. So far it has just been one dud after another, with them hangar queens and enjoying extremely short lifespans while 45 year old GP38-2's keep polishing Class 1 rails with often little more than in-kind overhauls.