Paris trams uses low maintenance batteries -

Paris trams uses low maintenance batteries

LONDON — The new Paris tram system which started operation on Saturday (Dec 16) is using Saft nickel-cadmium batteries which are said to provide for reduced maintenance.

The T3 tram, part of the CITADIS range from Alstom has gone into service by the RATP and the city of Paris and can carry more than 100 000 passengers per day between the Pont du Garigliano and the Porte d'Ivry via the Boulevard des Maréchaux.

All 21 carriages are equipped with Saft 19 MRX 260 batteries in integrated trays which are are used to back up the emergency lighting, ventilation and passenger communication and emergency breaking systems. The MRX model has a centralized water filling system which saves time and reduces maintenance costs.

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