Stored energy solutions provider EnerSys has unveiled its Odyssey Performance Series battery range, designed for buses, trucks and other large commercial vehicles.
Optimised to meet the high load demands of the modern automotive vehicle sector, the batteries are said to offer a solution to fleet owners and operators who are facing a sharp rise in battery-related vehicle breakdowns.
Advanced Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) technology enables battery performance improvements said to reliably power even the most demanding vehicles, says EnerSys, along with an outstanding reduction in total cost of ownership.
Available in standard footprints for European heavy-duty vehicles, Odyssey Performance Series batteries comply with DIN B and DIN C size standards for Europe and the widely recognized 629 and 625 references for the UK.
TPPL’s advantages are proven, says EnerSys: an industry-standard test showed that the 625-DIN C-1500 model could support a typical load for over 14 hours and then start an engine. When compared with a competing product’s 6.5 hours’ endurance, this shows TPPL batteries to be 100 per cent stronger for longer.
TPPL batteries can also be discharged to a much higher depth compared to conventional types, claims the firm, while still providing a successful engine start on demand.
This results in fuel savings and a reduced carbon footprint, as the battery can be used for an extended period before the engine is started. This energy density provides a cold crank amps (CCA) rating of up to 1,500A for DIN C and 1,300A for the DIN B product.
Vehicle maintenance costs are slashed, says EnerSys, as the TPPL batteries provide the optimal stable voltages required by today’s electro-mechanical systems for longer than comparable battery types. This cuts component stress, with fewer starts and lower currents. Maintenance time and costs are further reduced by eliminating the need to top up with water.
Improved battery performance is also good for the environment, adds the company. By running at a 30 per cent lower state of charge than alternative batteries, anti-idling efficiency is massively improved. For instance, the batteries’ ability to recharge quickly, said to be a game changer for delivery trucks, helps to reduce engine running costs and fuel use, while making more power available.
Further highlighted benefits include high vibration tolerance, rated to EN 50342-1 V3 standard, reducing the risk of premature failure. Additionally, the batteries have an extreme temperature tolerance of -40°C to +50°C, while a virtually maintenance-free, non-spillable design is said to enable more flexible mounting, unrestricted transportation and safer handling.
Phil Arrowsmith, director specialty market EMEA at EnerSys, commented: “The Odyssey Performance Series battery range is what modern transport and service vehicles have been waiting for. Tried and tested in the heavy-duty vehicle market for more than five years, these superior batteries harness the power of TPPL battery technology to deliver massive starting and endurance ability.”