Equipment & Maintenance

Dean Smallwood

Equipment Spotlight: For today’s tech-heavy trucks, AGM batteries may be best

| April 14, 2014

Vehicular batteries are technological marvels. But for all our dependence on them in both commercial and consumer applications, they largely are forgotten or ignored – until they fail, of course.

For most of the past century, automotive battery development has been slow and steady, with most of the resulting improvements focusing on longer maintenance-free life.

Now, all that is changing: Rising fuel prices, anti-idling laws, alternative-drive vehicles and an exponential boom in the power requirements on commercial vehicles all are driving more battery research and development.

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Experts say the next generation of truck batteries will be smaller and lighter with greater energy storage capacity. Moreover, these batteries will be smarter: They will be able to control and prioritize energy consumption while automatically counteracting temperature extremes. Consider this: Cold-weather starts soon may be alleviated by batteries intelligent enough to warm themselves on a harsh North Dakota morning before a key turns the ignition.

Some of the leading batteries on the market today are absorbed glass mat units that have additional storage capacity and power density to handle new trucks’ complex electronic systems.

Carrier PowerRush Platinum AGM

Carrier PowerRush Platinum: Carrier’s PowerRush Platinum AGM battery is designed to provide higher performance and longer life than conventional 12-volt wet-cell batteries. Absorbed glass mat technology is used to provide 1,150 cold-cranking amps of high starting power, deep cycling ability and added cold starting performance. The pure lead battery is engineered to retain more power in low temperatures.

Carrier Transicold, www.trucktrailer.carrier.com

Deka 65 Intimidator AGM

Deka 65 Intimidator: Deka’s 65 Intimidator AGM battery line is designed to handle severe driving conditions, frequent stopping and starting and power for electronic devices. The battery is built with a tightly compressed structure and a reinforced internal design that helps protect against intense vibration while providing added starting power. The unit also has a sealed exterior to help resist moisture and a flat-plate design for added cube space.

Deka Batteries, www.dekabatteries.com

Exide Extreme Cycler Group 31

Exide Extreme Cycler: Exide’s Extreme Cycler 200 battery is available with 700 cold-cranking amps and 200 minutes of reserve capacity for no-idle demands. The flooded product is a bridge between the company’s pre-existing Group 31 product lines and its valve-regulated RoadForce AGM-200 battery. Design elements include flooded epoxy anchor bonding, a reinforced ribbed case, heavier terminal connections, screw-in caps with rubber manifold venting and oversized cast-on straps.

  • krisalexroberts

    Hi this is a great post; we do not see many articles about the development of the commercial truck battery market but things are certainly heading in the right direction of development. thanks eric roberts http://www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

  • godfearingrebel

    Thanks for an essay with good usable info. Has anyone heard of lith-ion batteries for big trucks? Seams like i heard about them a while back but cant remember where. They are suposed to be about 1/4 the weight of regular batteries for the same power.