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New Siemens Desiro RUS trains for 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia will rely on Saft batteries for exceptional cold weather performance.
Trains that will serve the Sochi Winter Olympics are being fitted with Saft’s specialized extreme temperature nickel-based rail batteries that are capable of providing reliable emergency backup and starting power at temperatures as low as - 40°C.
The Siemens Desiro RUS five-car train-sets being built for Russian Railways (RZD) will provide transportation for athletes and spectators between competition sites in the mountains around Sochi.
The Saft battery systems will perform two vital functions:
The first of the new trains are scheduled to enter service in Sochi in autumn 2013, in time for the start of the Winter Games in February 2014.
The nickel-based rail battery system chosen by Siemens for the Desiro RUS trains was custom designed and engineered by Saft for the application. The battery system consists of 86 nickel-based cells with a nominal capacity of 190 Ah, making this one of the largest rail battery systems delivered by Saft to date.
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