France-based Saft has won a $1.7m contract from CSR Zhuzhou to supply onboard battery systems, based on its Matrics MRX cells, for 38 six-car EMU trainsets that it is building for the Malaysia KTM Komuter.

The 110V battery systems will provide reliable, low-maintenance onboard backup power to support emergency lighting, air conditioning, door operation and communication systems for the Malaysia KTM EMUs in the event of an interruption to the main power supply.

The battery system will be supplied as a complete unit, ready to install, in a stainless steel raft to be built in China.

Saft will deliver the battery systems to CSR Zhuzhou over nine months from April to October 2011.

The trainsets ordered by Malaysia KTM Komuter will have a top speed of 140km/hour and will replace existing inter-urban vehicles on the busiest South-North intercity line in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.


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