What Vehicle Owners Should Know About Their Batteries (But May Not Realize)

As electric and hybrid vehicles become more commonplace, battery developers and auto manufacturers alike are investing in advanced lead acid battery designs that can deliver higher productivity and performance than conventional battery chemistries. As newer designs continue to enter the market, it’s extremely important that, in addition to key market players, vehicle owners also recognize the advantages of premium chemistries. Among them include Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries featuring Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) technology – like what is found in ODYSSEY® batteries from EnerSys® – to enhance their driving experience.

Below is a list of things that vehicle owners should know about their batteries (but may not realize) and how ODYSSEY® batteries can deliver maximum power for a variety of applications.

  1. According to Battery Council International (BCI), a not-for-profit trade organization that advocates for the lead acid battery industry, lead batteries are 99 percent recyclable and are made with domestically sourced materials.
  2. Lead acid batteries are used for emergency backup and reserve capacity applications in Electric Vehicles (EVs) because of their power and reliability.
  3. AGM TPPL batteries, like ODYSSEY® batteries, are virtually maintenance-free so there is no watering needed and the terminals are corrosion resistant.
  4. Being sealed, AGM batteries are non-spillable and leakproof, more resistant to shock and vibration, and can be installed in in any orientation except inverted.
  5. AGM TPPL batteries can deliver twice the overall power and three times the life of conventional batteries.
  6. The proprietary TPPL technology found in ODYSSEY® batteries produces engine cranking pulses up to 3,125 amps for 5 seconds. They also provide deep cycling up to 400 cycles at 80 percent Depth of Discharge (DOD) to support repetitive house loads.
  7. Capable of operating at temperatures ranging from -40°F (-40°C) to 140°F (60°C), ODYSSEY® batteries provide more power than conventional flooded lead acid batteries in each group size and ample cranking even at low DOD.
  8. AGM TPPL batteries have a slower self-discharge rate than conventional lead acid designs and provide deep-cycle reserve power to handle constant drains without permanent damage.
  9. ODYSSEY® batteries can be stored for two years at temperatures of 77°F (25°C) or lower before needing to be recharged. They also can be completely recharged in four to six hours.
  10. The pure lead plates in ODYSSEY® batteries also reduce the risk of sulfation and corrosion. Sulfation is the accumulation of lead sulfate crystals on the plates when the battery is insufficiently charged too often. Galvanic corrosion occurs when dissimilar metals are in contact while immersed in an electrolyte. Both sulfation and corrosion can cause premature battery failure.

Technological innovation occurs in response to consumer demands, which leads to the development of new products. Existing technologies, however, often continue to play a vital role with improvements of their own. With the introduction of EVs and hybrids, the lead acid battery market continues to grow with the availability of advanced lead acid technologies like TPPL. Applying the innovation of TPPL technology, ODYSSEY® batteries can provide the consumer with greater power, reliability, and longevity than conventional batteries.

Always be sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for battery care and handling and direct any questions to your battery professional.

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EnerSys, the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, manufactures and distributes energy systems solutions and motive power batteries, specialty batteries, battery chargers, power equipment, battery accessories and outdoor equipment enclosure solutions to customers worldwide. Energy Systems, which combine enclosures, power conversion, power distribution and energy storage, are used in the telecommunication, broadband and utility industries, uninterruptible power supplies and numerous applications. Motive power batteries and chargers are utilized in electric forklift trucks and other industrial electric powered vehicles requiring stored energy solutions. Specialty batteries are used in aerospace and defense applications, large over-the-road trucks, premium automotive, medical and security systems applications. EnerSys also provides aftermarket and customer support services to its customers in over 100 countries through its sales and manufacturing locations around the world. With the NorthStar acquisition, EnerSys has solidified its position as the market leader for premium Thin Plate Pure Lead batteries, which are sold across all three lines of business. More information regarding EnerSys can be found at

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