Modern Tire Dealer

MAY 2019

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M T D M a y 2 0 1 9 30 Service Solutions Inc. were Pat Pierce, product manager-battery testers, and Surender Makhija, consultant-battery testers. Answering on behalf of Clore Automotive Inc. was Jim O'Hara, vice president of marketing. Responding for Midtronics Inc. was Rob Salach, senior product manager-aermarket. EnerSys Inc. shared perspective via Bruce Essig, transportation and specialty national program manager. STANDARD FLOODED PRODUCT DOMINATES FOR NOW What types of batteries do independent shops need to be prepared to test? All respondents agree standard flooded lead acid batteries dominate the market now, but changes are on the horizon. Midtronics expects Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) and Enhanced Flooded Batteries (EFB) to increase to more than 65% of the market in the next three to four years. Bosch: Although AGM and EFB bat- teries usage is becoming more popular, flooded lead acid batteries still hold the predominant market share for independent aermarket battery service. Lithium-ion batteries are now being used in electric and hybrid vehicles, but high costs prohibit use in everyday vehicles. ere are some heavy-duty applications that use 24-volt systems, but those typically run two 12-volt batteries. Clore: For conventional vehicles as well as many hybrids, the primary battery types shops should be prepared to service are: flooded, AGM, spiral wound, gel cell, and deep cycle batteries. In addition, they likely will encounter vehicles with capacitor-based starting systems and lithium starting bat- teries, but these will be fewer in number. EnerSys: e AGM sealed, lead-acid battery is growing in popularity as being installed by the car manufacturers, especially with the growing popularity of the engine stop/start feature. is feature increases the discharge and charge cycling on the battery, with the traditional SLI (starting, lighting, ignition) battery not being capable of providing the required discharge-recharge cycles to give good service life. e AGM battery requires more sophisticated chargers that can assess the battery's state-of-charge and chemical condition and choose the most appropriate charging algorithm versus a fixed charge procedure. AGM also requires more complex performance testing with advanced conductance testers as well as an understanding of how to exchange a battery in a vehicle without disrupting various on-board microprocessors and engine management systems. Interstate: e automotive aermarket is going to be largely standard flooded product for the next 24 to 36 months. We are clearly going to see a continued shi to more premium lead acid battery types such as AGM and EFB as vehicle electrification trends increase and original equipment manufacturers position their vehicles to address the higher load demands being placed on automotive batteries. But while the OE market is growing with higher-performing batteries, it represents a comparatively minor amount of the total in today's automotive aermarket. Testing requirements will therefore remain largely driven by the existing flooded lead acid product seen in the market today. Midtronics: Independent shops still need to be prepared to service lead acid batteries. Conventional flooded batteries will be the majority of what they see now but with the increased volume of start/ stop vehicles and greater electrification in today's vehicles, the amount of AGM and EFB batteries in use will continue to grow. Currently AGM and EFB batteries represent less than 20% of the market, but within the next three to four years those battery types are predicted to increase to more than 65% of the market. THE LATEST DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS Modern Tire Dealer asked manufacturers for an update on the latest technology in battery diagnostic tools. Bosch: e latest technology in battery diagnostic tools, like the Bosch BAT-120, integrate battery test services with scan diagnostic service into one system. e tool offers a single solution for battery charging/testing services, computer scan battery reset/relearn calibrations, and battery replacement guidance. Clore: e latest technology centers around the need to constantly update and refine the diagnostic judgement maps used by modern battery testers to determine if a particular battery is sufficient to perform its task (is it good or bad?). We are constantly refining our judgement maps to ensure we can accurately assess the widest possible array of battery type, battery size, battery condition and more. EnerSys: Dynamic conductance tech- nology provides handheld testers that provide unparalleled testing accuracy and decision making. For example, the Odyssey OBT2000HD battery and electrical system analyzer is used for commercial truck applications and offers a user-friendly smart html PC interface and features patented single load, dynamic resistance technology for accurate results. Interstate: AGM, enhanced flooded, SLI batteries all can be tested with the conductance battery testers in the mar- ket today. e new IB Pulse provides the capability to test all those technologies, as well as the ability to test group 31, lawn and garden, marine, powersport and com - mercial batteries. We've also integrated additional information and databases into the IB Pulse. For the automotive testing in the Pulse, these include battery location diagrams and battery reset instructions. e IB Pulse also displays the automotive Interstate Batteries that fit the vehicle B a t t e r y T o o l U p d a t e The IB Pulse from Interstate Batteries recommends Interstate replacement batteries by part number to reduce installation error, provides battery reset instructions, and retrieves battery test history by vehicle identification number. PHOTO COURTESY OF INTERSTATE

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