Saft’s proven track record for reliability and long life keeps the Eurotunnel Group onboard for its replacement Shuttle

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     Saft's proven track record for reliability and long life keeps  
   the Eurotunnel Group onboard for its replacement Shuttle batteries 
Saft's new generation advanced technology nickel-based rail batteries will be
fitted to the entire Eurotunnel Shuttle fleet, replacing the existing Saft
batteries that have demonstrated exceptional service over nearly 20 years. 
Paris, July 1st, 2013 - Saft, the world's leading designer and manufacturer of
advanced technology batteries for industry, has been awarded a major contract 
by the Eurotunnel Group to re-equip its entire fleet of Passenger and Freight
Shuttles with the latest generation advanced technology nickel-based rail
batteries. The key factor in the decision was the outstanding reliability and
long life demonstrated by the existing Saft batteries that have delivered
efficient and reliable onboard backup power for the Shuttles for nearly 20
The Eurotunnel Shuttle system carries 2.5 million cars (Le Shuttle) and 1 .5
million trucks every year, between Calais and Folkestone making it by far the
world leader in piggyback transport. Since the opening of the lorry Shuttle
service in July 1994, Eurotunnel has carried almost 19 million Lorries, 244
million tonnes of freight goods and 172 million passengers. 
"Our strategy is to equip the Shuttles with advanced technology, recyclable and
safe products, so at Eurotunnel we need absolute confidence that, when called
on, the onboard batteries will deliver totally reliable backup power to ensure
the continuity of vital services essential for passenger comfort and safety.
Saft's outstanding track record and the fact that the batteries are built in
France convinced us that their new generation batteries will meet these needs
over a long service life," says Nicolas Chochoy, Eurotunnel project manager. 
John Searle, Saft Group CEO, commented: "Winning this contract for the
replacement Shuttle batteries is a testament both to the outstanding 
reliability and long life demonstrated by our existing fleet of batteries, 
as well as the high level of service and excellent working relationship that 
Saft has established with the Eurotunnel Group." 
The major part of each Eurotunnel journey takes place in the Channel Tunnel
itself. This means that reliable backup power is even more crucial than on
regular rail services. So to ensure passenger comfort and safety, Eurotunnel
relies on the Saft batteries to support critical onboard systems such as
ventilation, display panels, door opening and lighting, fire detection, video,
radio and computer systems as well as supporting auxiliary starting systems such
as raising the pantograph. 
The new generation batteries that will be fitted to the Shuttles have been
developed specifically by Saft to deliver high performance, reliability and a 1
5-year plus service life in a compact, fully recyclable package that offers the
perfect cost-effective replacement or upgrade for existing rolling stock. A
total of 200 of the new batteries will be installed underneath the Shuttle
vehicles to replace the existing Saft batteries, which will be recycled. 
About Saft
Saft (Euronext: Saft) is a world leader in the design and manufacture of
advanced technology batteries for industry. The Group is the world's leading
manufacturer of nickel batteries and primary lithium batteries for the
industrial infrastructure and processes, transportation, civil and military
electronics' markets. Saft is the world leader in space and defence batteries
with its Li-ion technologies which are also being deployed in the energy
storage, transportation and telecommunication markets. Saft's 4,000 employees
present in 18 countries, its 15 manufacturing sites and extensive sales network
all contribute to accelerating the Group's growth for the future.
For more information, visit Saft at 
About Eurotunnel
Groupe Eurotunnel (Euronext Paris: GET and London Stock Exchange: GETS) manages
the infrastructure of the Channel Tunnel and operates accompanied truck shuttle
and passenger shuttle (car and coach) services between Folkestone, UK and
Calais, France. Eurotunnel holds the concession until 2086 to operate the
Channel Tunnel, the fastest, most reliable, easiest and most environmentally
friendly way to cross the Channel. This unique land crossing has become a vital
link between the continent and the United Kingdom. Eurotunnel also runs a rail
freight business through its subsidiary Europorte, which offers a wide range of
integrated rail freight services. 
Press contact: 
Jill Ledger, Saft Corporate Communications and Institutional Relations Director
Tel: +33 1 49 93 17 77, e-mail :  
Marie-Christine Guihéneuf, Saft IBG Communication Manager,
Tel: + 33 1 49 93 17 16, e-mail : 
Andrew Bartlett, Six Degrees,
Tél. : + 44 (0) 1628 480280, e-mail :  
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