Commercial Truck Background and Trends

Commercial Trucks are designed for the service they provide and the capacity they haul.  Common types of commercial trucks include dump trucks, flatbeds, and tankers.  One of the most common commercial trucks is the long-haul tractor-trailer.  In general, tractor-trailers are either day cabs or sleeper trucks with a tandem axle.   

The need for commercial trucking continues to grow with more consumers turning to e-commerce and ordering products online.  Commercial trucks are subject to roadway vibration while transporting goods.  Further, drivers of long-haul tractor-trailers are currently spending 5 nights per week sleeping in their cabin when compared to 2 nights per week in 2005.  Highway road vibration and the driver spending additional nights sleeping in the cabin requires advanced lead battery technology.

Historically flooded lead batteries have been the choice for commercial trucks.  The trend is shifting from flooded batteries to AGM batteries.  AGM batteries are the advanced lead battery choice for high-vibration applications.  Moreover, AGM batteries are the ideal choice to address the driver spending multiple evenings in the vehicle where the battery cycles and is subject to 50% depth of discharge (DoD) during the overnight hours.  Premium AGM batteries and AGM separators address the increasing need for deep discharge.     

What is an AGM Battery?

AGM Lead Batteries, or absorbent glass mat batteries, are a technological improvement to traditional flooded lead batteries.  AGM batteries operate under compression which maintains the integrity of the electrodes.  The compression within the battery promotes longer life and addresses deep discharge to include 50% DoD.  AGM batteries are becoming more popular in commercial trucks due to their maintenance-free design, proven performance, longer life, safety, and recyclability.

What Types of Separators are Used in Commercial Trucks and What are Their Benefits?

EnergyGuard AGM separators for commercial trucks are designed to improve processability and battery assembly.  Further, EnergyGuard increases battery performance and life. 

Other benefits of H&V EnergyGuard AGM separators include:

  • Available in various configurations to meet processability needs
  • Reinforced for improved processability and durability 
  • Lower electrical resistance improves battery performance
  • Offered in a range of surface areas to improve electrolyte filling and cycle life
  • Best-in-class thickness retention increasing battery life
  • Improved properties to handle roadway vibration and 50% DoD
  • Ideal for deep cycling in tractor-trailer commercial trucks

AGM Battery Separators from H&V

EnergyGuard AGM separators are a leading choice for commercial trucks.   EnergyGuard has demonstrated improvements in battery assembly and manufacturing throughput.  H&V is a global leader partnering and supplying AGM separators to the automotive and commercial truck market.  Our battery separators offer the highest standards for performance and battery assembly. To learn more about our product offerings, or for more information about how our EnergyGuard battery separators can benefit the Commercial Truck application, contact us today.

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