GS Yuasa Battery Europe Ltd has emphasised the increased toll that winter can take on commercial vehicles, whether HGVs delivering to distribution centres or LCVs ferrying presents to consumers.
Modern commercial vehicles are equipped with an array of electrical components, points out the company, including lighting systems, heating systems, communication devices, and entertainment systems. With these electrical consumers running for more extended periods, the demand on CV batteries increases significantly.
Increased operation of these electrical systems can lead to heightened strain on the battery, potentially resulting in diminished capacity and reduced overall battery life. To counteract this strain, it becomes crucial for fleet managers and drivers to adopt proactive measures to preserve battery health, especially over the winter months.
Cold weather is known to exert adverse effects on battery performance. When temperatures drop, the chemical reactions within a battery slow down, causing a reduction in its overall output. This phenomenon can lead to difficulties in starting the engine and even complete battery failure in extreme cases.
Additionally, the combination of longer nights and colder temperatures can create a double challenge for CV batteries, says the company: as the battery struggles to provide sufficient power to electrical systems, the cold weather further hampers its ability to recharge efficiently, and this combination of factors can lead to a rapid decline in battery health if not managed effectively.
In order to meet these demands, contends GS Yuasa, it is imperative that a high-quality battery is fitted.
The OE-quality Yuasa YBX SHD CV range is fitted at the point of production by the likes of Isuzu, Mercedes-Benz and Ford Otosan and specifically designed for commercial vehicles. Formulated to be extremely durable and long-lasting, says the company – even in tough conditions – they are made using high-quality materials and advanced manufacturing processes to ensure that they can withstand the rigours of commercial use.
In addition to their durability, the four-tiered range also offers exceptional performance, claims the firm. Each battery is designed to provide a high level of starting power, even in cold temperatures.
They are also said to offer excellent cyclic capability, which means that they can withstand frequent discharging and recharging with minimal damage to the battery, making them ideal for frequent hotelling and constant start-stop delivery driving.
Peter Whittaker, general manager, Auto & MC Engineering at GS Yuasa Battery Europe Ltd. said: “During the winter season, the impact on commercial vehicle batteries is significant, with increased demands on their performance and longevity. We understand that commercial vehicle operators require long life batteries that need to perform in order to minimise down time.
“Our YBX commercial vehicle batteries deliver superior starting power and are manufactured using some of the highest-quality components available.”
The best way to optimise battery performance, service life and reduce the likelihood of a vehicle breakdown is to check and maintain batteries frequently, says GS Yuasa; establishing a routine maintenance schedule for battery inspection and testing can help identify early signs of battery degradation and allow for timely replacements if necessary.
“It’s important to remember that most heavy commercial vehicles use 24 Volt electrical systems which is made up of two 12 Volt batteries connected in series,” said the company.
“Therefore, when carrying out maintenance, both 12 Volt batteries need to be tested, charged and replaced at the same time in order to ensure maximum life and performance.
“In conclusion, safeguarding the health of commercial vehicle batteries during the demanding winter season is crucial. The Yuasa YBX SHD CV range, renowned for its durability and performance, stands as an effective solution, whilst proactive maintenance remains paramount with regular inspections, and testing is also recommended for early issue detection.
“Prioritising battery health ensures the reliability of commercial vehicles throughout winter and beyond.”