Uraltransmash is testing low-floor trams
31.08.2012 — News
Ural Transport Machine-Building Plant, OJSC (a member of the Uralvagonzavod Research and Production Corporation, OJSC) started its tests of Russia’s first low-floor tram. As compared to the previous models, the energy consumption of the vehicle has been reduced by one third; the floor of the vehicle is 35 centimeters above the road surface, matching the height of the station platform.
The Press-Service of the corporation has informed RusBusinessNews that at the moment the plant is testing the computer software, traction converters and braking performance of the new tram car. The tests are conducted in Ekaterinburg where it will run 3 thousand kilometers at no load and at the design load.
By the end of 2012, Uraltransmash intends to launch full-scale manufacturing of battery-powered trams. They will be equipped with lithium-ion batteries, having the estimated service life of 13 years and the run life for more than 600 thousand kilometers.
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