Batteries for electric freight locomotives

Saft is to supply backup battery systems for 800 Prima locomotives. The company will offer full local end-to-end supplier services from its manufacturing facility in Bibadi, Bangalore. Having established the Bangalore factory in 2013, the company has scaled up its capabilities to become a local supplier to India’s rail market in support of the government’s “Made in India” programme. This has seen it evolve from a local assembler of components to offer a complete battery system service covering the manufacture of cells as well as design, development, volume manufacturing and technical support. Previous orders included the delivery of battery systems for Chennai and Lucknow metro projects. The company will supply a total of 1600 battery systems for the double-section electric freight locomotives to provide backup power for all vehicle control and critical safety systems. The battery systems are based on its nickel-technology SRM+ cells which are designed for high energy backup in railway applications.

Contact Karen Hollington, Saft Batteries,


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