EnerSys introduces ODYSSEY Performance Series batteries to meet the challenges faced by large commercial vehicle users

Odyssey batteries

EnerSys has launched its ODYSSEY Performance Series batteries for buses, trucks and other large commercial vehicles. Optimised to meet the high load demands of the modern automotive vehicle sector, the batteries 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 unmatched battery performance improvements, providing unrivalled usable capacity, strength and life – to reliably power even the most demanding vehicles – 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 recognised – though no longer formally accepted – 629 and 625 references for the UK.

Today’s vehicle and driver systems are demanding ever-higher levels of performance, beyond anything conventional batteries were ever designed for. Existing batteries are therefore increasingly unable to handle vehicles’ growing electrical loads.
A typical battery challenge is to support a ‘hotel load’ without the need to restart the engine, while retaining enough reserve power to reliably start the engine again the following morning – and to repeat this without fail throughout the battery’s operating life.

ODYSSEY Performance Series batteries offer a total solution through their use of Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) chemistry. This offers a true technological alternative to the lead-calcium flooded or newer lead-calcium AGM types currently in popular use. TPPL’s advantages are proven: 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, 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 an impressive cold crank amps (CCA) rating of up to 1500A for DIN C and 1300A for the DIN B product.

Vehicle maintenance costs are slashed, 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. 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 helps to reduce engine running costs and fuel use, while making more power available. Their ability to support fast charging is a game-changer for delivery trucks.

Sole trader banned for nearly four years

An operator given a suspended jail sentence for waste offences has now had his licence revoked and been disqualified for almost four years.

Sole trader Eric Hale had held a restricted licence since 1992 specifying five HGVs, but he was called to a public inquiry (PI) after one of his vehicles was found to have three wheels with loose wheel nuts.

North West traffic commissioner (TC) Simon Evans was also told that in January 2018 Hale had been sentenced at Chester Crown Court after pleading guilty to operating an illegal waste site and depositing a considerable volume of controlled waste.

The Golborne PI, which Hale did not attend, heard how his driver defect reporting and walk-around checks were of questionable quality and drivers had failed to comply with drivers’ hours legislation.

The TC found the operator was unfit. He said greed and commercial advantage were significant in the offending that led to the conviction.

In a written decision Evans said: “I cannot be satisfied that Mr Hale can be trusted to operate compliantly. His exclusion from the industry is entirely appropriate.”

Evans disqualified Hale for three years and 10 months, ending on 26 December 2022, adding that it was “a period that mirrors closely the rehabilitation period for the sentence imposed on Mr Hale”.

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