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RUSSIA: The Moskva-2020 trainsets which Transmashholding company Metrowagonmash is supplying for the Moscow Metro are being fitted with underfloor emergency battery traction systems from Saft which enable them to run for up to 6∙5 km without external power.

This is intended to enable the trains to reach a station in the event of a power outage.

Saft said the MSX cells designed and manufactured at its Bordeaux factory are up to 30% lighter and 40% smaller than conventional onboard backup batteries, and can operate at temperatures down to -40°C to cope with winter conditions on surface sections of the network.