August 24, 2012 14:30 ET

Pay Attention to the Batteries of Fleet Vehicles to Protect Alternators, Advises CTEK

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 24, 2012) - A high percentage of fleet vehicles being serviced in workshops are there due to battery issues, which also means that their alternators could be in danger of experiencing premature failure as well. CTEK, a global leader in smart charging technology, recommends that fleet owners make proper battery charging practices a priority to avoid a host of problems.

When a fleet vehicle breaks down, there is a ripple effect of lost productivity, increased workshop workload, and expenses for replacement parts - all of which lead to a loss of revenue. Battery failure while a truck is at the depot receiving goods, or out for delivery, can cause inconvenience within the supply chain and customer frustration. Missing a scheduled delivery or failing to deliver a shipment that is time-sensitive can create huge headaches.

As operating budgets continue to tighten, fleet owners must be sure that every vehicle is in top form and running in a cost-effective manner. Replacing batteries and alternators is expensive and wastes valuable time and resources. Additionally, problems with these crucial devices can lead to breakdowns that affect a company's profit margin and reputation.

Delivery vehicles, especially those that must stop often en route, are highly vulnerable to battery problems. This is because each time the truck is started, 150-350A is demanded from the battery and a short distance between the next stop will not allow the alternator the time to replenish the power to the battery. After multiple stops, the drain will cause the battery's charge to dip lower and lower, which can lead to damage and even failure. Also, low battery charge puts significant strain on the alternator, meaning its longevity is severely curtailed.

Jan-Ulf Soderberg, head of brand and marketing at CTEK, says: "Basically, the stop-and-go operating pattern fleet vehicles must undertake while on deliveries causes the alternator to work constantly at full capacity, without hope of being able to completely charge the battery. Additionally, as the electrical systems in vehicles of this type continue to develop and become more complicated, battery failure and alternator strain will most certainly become more frequent.

"Therefore, it is crucial that fleet owners make sure they are supporting their vehicles with the proper smart charging devices to ensure their batteries are protected. Smart chargers utilise a number of phases to replenish power while cleaning, exercising, and conditioning the battery for optimal maintenance. They can considerably extend the life of a battery and, thus, the alternator as well. Most importantly, smart chargers can help to make sure that fleet vehicles are able to get going immediately and not break down en route."

For more information about battery maintenance and CTEK's line of smart battery chargers, please visit www.ctek.com.

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