Batteries have been a major component on commercial vehicles since the dawn of trucking. Batteries have seen their fair share of technological advancements, but the revolution that’s now coming thanks to the strong interest in vehicle electrification is unprecedented. 

Conventionally powered vehicles have long relied on flooded cell lead acid battery technology for many years, with recent advancements such as absorbed glass mat (AGM) designs providing incremental improvements in packaging, storage and durability. Now, new chemistries especially formulated for hybrid-electric, all-electric and hydrogen-hybrid electric vehicles (EVs) are making fleet managers take a second look at what they think they know about battery specification.

In fact, batteries used in EVs have more in common with their smaller cousins used in smartphones and consumer electronics than trucks. Lithium-ion and nickel-metal hydride batteries are the norm in these applications, because of their high power-to-weight ratio, longer life cycles, temperature performance, efficiency and low self discharge. Ultracapacitors, while not batteries themselves, may also be used as secondary energy-storage devices because they help the primary batteries level load power.

Not all batteries are alike however, and fleet managers need to know important facts about spec’ing energy storage systems for their new EVs. There’s also the new realities associated with recycling these types of batteries.

Attend this session and learn the important facts you need to know before spec’ing your first fleet of EVs. Panelists will cover battery construction, maintenance, operation, recycling and disposal in this comprehensive session.

S.1 Electrical Study Group