Saft completes battery order for Beijing Metro

French company Saft has supplied the batteries that will provide backup power to trains on Beijing Metro’s new Line 6.

The onboard battery systems have been installed on trains built by Chinese manufacturer CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles which recently began revenue service on the new line.

Saft described the ‘multi-million euro’ order as the company’s “largest single order to date for the Asian metro sector”.

Each trainset has been equipped with two battery nickel-based batteries which will provide Line 6 trains with up to 45 minutes of backup power if disconnected from the mains supply.

Chenhui Yang, vice general engineer of CNR CRC, said: “Beijing subway Line 6, with its greater space for passengers and faster speed, is designed to ensure smoother passenger flow during rush hours.

“Reliability is absolutely crucial for every element, from the signal system to the elevators. That’s why we have specified Saft battery systems which have a proven track record for reliability and long life on China’s railways.”