Technology provider Bosch has highlighted key advantages of its battery range for commercial vehicle applications.
“On average, modern trucks cover some 90,000 miles every year,” said Bosch.
“Often, the drivers sleep inside the cab up to five nights per week, and yet the batteries need to provide enough starting power to start the engine the next day. Even in case of stationary operation, the batteries power a wealth of safety and convenience features, and yet they are to cope with frequent charge and discharge cycles.
“As commercial vehicle batteries are increasingly installed close to the rear axle, they are subject to higher vibrations. Greater robustness and vibration resistance are thus required.
“As batteries have to cope with increasing strains, according to several statistics, they are one of the key reasons for breakdowns.”
Bosch says its CV batteries offer a powerful, vibration-resistant and maintenance-free means of reducing fleet operating costs.
“Batteries featuring AGM (absorbent glass mat) and EFB (enhanced flooded battery) technologies have a special structure and design, they are vibration-proof, feature a higher deep-cycle resistance and are more resistant to harmful deep discharge,” said the firm.
The Bosch TA AGM Batteries are said to be the company’s most powerful CV batteries featuring AGM technology and a patented Power Frame grid to support start/stop systems.
“Bosch TA was specifically designed for advanced comfort and hoteling features. Long-distance trucks with high energy demand are thus reliably supplied with energy – even when traveling for several days or with low state of charge.”
Bosch TE EFB Batteries, meanwhile, are extremely powerful and vibration-resistant, says Bosch, featuring EFB technology and a patented Power Frame grid for optimised current flow and reduced corrosion. They are designed to cope with high energy demands of numerous hoteling functions in long-distance traffic, off-highway, and heavy-duty applications.
Besides the increased requirements placed on batteries, says Bosch, professional battery service has also become more important.
“Topping up conventional wet batteries with distilled water has become a relic of bygone times,” said the company.
In terms of battery selection, the knowledge of workshop experts has become ever more crucial, it adds.
“After all, the right battery helps [with] cutting the total cost of ownership of commercial vehicles, while increasing the vehicle fleet’s cost effectiveness and operational readiness.”
Again and again, commercial vehicle workshops encounter batteries with decreased performance after just one year of use or even less, says Bosch.
“This is often the case if the engine isn’t restarted during statutory rest periods. In this case, the breakdown service usually replaces the battery to get the truck running again.”
Often, the cause isn’t even low-quality energy storage, but incorrect battery type, the company contends. The main reason for this, it says, is a failure to check operating conditions and a lack of know-how concerning the battery application.
“As a result, batteries are often used which are not suitable for the vehicles’ application profiles.”
Depending on the intended application purpose and vehicle equipment, batteries that are apparently more economic can thus result in increased operating costs as compared to batteries of higher quality.
“This can, for instance, be the case if a recommended AGM battery is replaced by a conventional wet battery,” said Bosch.
The company can also supply fully-automatic Bosch BAT 690 battery chargers, suitable for all types of batteries.