In contrast to the classic layout two standard flooded truck batteries providing energy for both engine start and supply functions the Dual Battery System includes two Orbital AGM batteries for cranking the engine at start-up, plus two GEL batteries for on-board power supply. This optimised technology matches the best battery type with each specific function. The Orbital AGM batteries supply full power to crank the engine and then restore a full charge before switching off. When the engine is off, power is provided exclusively by the GEL batteries, which ensures the Orbital AGM batteries remain fully charged for the next engine start.
The benefits of the Dual Battery System are clear. The first advantage is improved starting reliability, as the power in the Orbital AGM units is reserved solely for starting the engine.
This means reduced truck downtime, as these batteries are always ready. The GEL batteries provide a better power supply for devices such as the heater, television, fridge, etc. items which need to run during the night, when the vehicle is off the road. Another advantage is the weight saved in comparison with conventional batteries, leading to reduced fuel consumption. The dimensions of the Dual Battery System are the same as the classic system, so there is no impact on housing them in the vehicle.
The Dual Battery System was first successfully integrated into the Scania Streamliner truck range followed by similar Exide dual configurations with other major truck manufacturers.
The Dual Battery System was developed by Exide Technologies in association with its customer Scania, for intensive truck use and as the ultimate solution for reliable starting.
EXIDE DUAL BATTERY SYSTEM ORIGINALLY DESIGNED FOR SCANIA, NOW ADOPTED BY OTHER LEADING TRUCK MANUFACTURERS
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