Siemens, one of the biggest manufacturers of trains in the world, has selected Hoppecke Industrial Batteries for a project specific service level agreement for battery systems on the new rolling stock operated by South West Trains, which operates the South Western franchise for passenger service. A similar contract has also been signed between Hoppecke, the leading specialist for industrial battery systems, and Siemens covering trains operating out of Moorgate in London.
Like the Thameslink contract won by Hoppecke in 2016, the long-term service agreements (LTSAs) for South West Trains and Moorgate involve Hoppecke providing a range of after-sales support, spare parts and warranty support services to Siemens’ Desiro City trains.
The Desiro City trains incorporate a sophisticated battery box that includes chargers with switches and a built-in electrical distribution system delivering 108V of power. The box houses Hoppecke’s rail.power VR lead acid battery and thanks to a tray that moves along C-rails, maintenance is made easy by the ability to slide the battery out and work on it in situ.
Siemens has incorporated Hoppecke batteries in around 75 per cent of its trains around the world and nearly 90 per cent of its trains in Great Britain. Hoppecke itself has special power systems – using nickel cadmium (NiCd), nickel metal hydride (NiMH), lead acid and lithium ion (LiOn) batteries – operating in roughly 50 per cent of the UK’s rolling stock.
Says Paul Butchart, National Sales Manager – Special & Reserve Power Systems at Hoppecke Industrial Batteries: “These important Thameslink and South West Trains and Moorgate long-term service contracts and our work with the other rolling stock manufacturers puts us at the forefront of energy management solutions for the rail power sector.”
Jason Howlett, Hoppecke’s Regional Managing Director – Northern Europe, adds: “This vote of confidence from Siemens confirms our ability to deliver high-technology battery systems for many different types of rolling stock. We are delighted to have won this contract and to be powering trains across the UK and around the world.”