In their September 2013 edition, Fleet Equipment Magazine features an article (1) discussing tips for extending battery life cycles.  This article stresses the importance of taking “A proactive approach to battery maintenance,” and how this approach can “extend battery life, battery performance, reduce maintenance costs and drastically reduce the money spent on new batteries and old battery disposal.”

The article goes on to explain battery sulfation as a “wasting disease that claims the life of 80% of batteries in use worldwide.” In order to extend the life of these batteries, routine engine maintenance is crucial along with utilizing charging systems that help prevent sulfation. Solar technology has made its way into the transportation industry to not only help with charging and engine maintenance, but to also help reduce fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. Incorporating solar into the following battery maintenance program can greatly contribute to the success of a fleet.

Three Components of a Battery Maintenance Program:

  • Diagnostic testing to enable users to take proactive steps to improve the life of the battery and eliminate unnecessary failure.
  • Preventative maintenance to prevent or mitigate premature battery failure.
  • Corrective maintenance to reverse or correct a problem that has occurred.

Following a battery maintenance management program such as this will reduce a fleet’s annual battery consumption by 70% or more. Preventative maintenance schedules are based off of time, mileage, engine hours or gallons of fuel used and should include scheduled servicing, inspections and vehicle repairs. These strategies will allow fleet and equipment managers to spend significantly less time and money on preventable battery issues.

 

 

(1) “Timely Tips: Extending battery life cycles.” Fleet Equipment Sep. – Oct. 2013: 16. Print.