Battery supplier Saft’s emergence as a key player in Asia’s trainset market continues at full steam after the French firm signed two deals to provide nickel-cadmium batteries.
The first deal to provide 156 SRM+ rail batteries was awarded by CNR Changchun, China’s state-owned rolling stock manufacturer.
The Ni-Cd battery systems will provide up to 45 minutes of emergency backup power for onboard services including lighting and ventilation on CNR Changchun’s metro trainset fleets for the cities of Chengdu and Nanchang.
Xavier Delacroix, General Manager of Saft’s IBG Division said: “These latest orders for the cities of Chengdu and Nanchang confirms Saft’s continued emergence within China as a key battery supplier for prestige metro projects, following on from previous orders in Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuxi and Beijing.”
The second deal, a €1m three-year contract with Siemens AG, will see the firm provide 116 110V, 100Ah Saft MRX battery systems for the fleet of 58 new generation driverless Inspiro metro trainsets being built for Malaysia’s Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) project.
Earlier this month the company announced it had delivered its Ni-Cd MRX battery systems to provide onboard backup power for Nanjing SR Puzhen Rail Transport (NPRT) rolling stock on China’s Ningtian Intercity Rail Line.
NPRT, a joint venture between CSR Corp and Singapore-based aluminium alloy supplier Midas Holdings, has fitted two Saft MRX battery systems, rated at 110V and 130Ah capacity, to each of its 60, four-car, trainsets.