Banner Batteries and OESAA join forces

Banner Batteries and OESAA join forces

Banner Batteries and OESAA have collaborated once more to share insight into the fast-paced arena of battery technology.

In today’s evolving world of alternatively fuelled vehicles, demand for more environmentally friendly batteries with more performance, means battery OEMs are under more pressure than ever. According to Banner Batteries Business Development Manager, Russell Shea, they are working even closer with VMs.

He said: “Banner Batteries is working with its VM partners to deliver power solutions that not only exceed automotive output requirements, but which are emission friendly. To deliver on these two fronts, the focus remains on OEMs designing, producing, and adapting batteries that exceed their normal life expectancy. This means using only the highest quality components, rather than producing according to cost.”

Take AGM and EFB batteries for example, these are proven to perform both for a car and the environment.

Banner Batteries has expanded both ranges over recent years; its aftermarket portfolio is the equivalent of the OE installed on a vehicle assembly line.

With the days of 12V lead-acid numbered, because today’s landscape is different, it is said to be vital industry professionals understand the meaning, technology and rules when it comes to selling and fitting these types of batteries.

Russell continued: “Although AGM and EFB have been used in high-volume vehicles since 2009, there is still a lot to learn and plenty to pass onto industry colleagues – once again, underlining the role OESAA has in our industry – such as the ‘one size fits all’ rule, which has waned.

“Simply, a start/stop car requires a start/stop battery. Should a standard battery be fitted, then it will experience damage and lose its capability to power that vehicle within a few months.

“Furthermore, an AGM powered battery can only be replaced like-for-like. If replaced with an EFB, problems can quickly occur, such as battery breakdown or complete failure. It can also cause the start/stop system to fail, which can trigger problems with air conditioning and seat heating functions.

“However, an EFB can be upgraded to an AGM, so long as the size of the unit is the same.”

Leak-proof and maintenance-free AGM technology is mainly used in start/stop systems requiring the highest energy and brake energy recovery, in essence, durability and performance, and, therefore, mostly used at the premium end of the market.

As Russell mentioned, an EFB can be upgraded to AGM – but is only advised if a vehicle can cope with the additional power.

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