Latest Additions to ODYSSEY® Battery Portfolio Deliver Advantages to Powersports Vehicles

Powersports vehicles, such as All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), motorcycles, Personal Watercraft (PWC) and snowmobiles, provide owners with outdoor recreational fun year-round as well as first responders reliable off-road access for search and rescue operations. They are designed to perform in dirt, mud, water or snow, and are therefore often exposed to harsh weather and driving conditions.

A report that released in August estimates that the global powersports market will grow from $93.7 million in 2021 to $131.1 million by 2028. The article identifies improvements in durability and adaptability, especially for Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs), as one of the main contributors to this growth. In January, Stratview Research released a similar report about the powersports market by vehicle type. One of the findings is that even though powersports vehicles carry high ownership and maintenance costs, the market grew substantially, especially in North America and Europe. The report also cited harsh operating conditions, including rugged terrain, extreme temperatures and excessive water, often cause powersports vehicles to require regular maintenance.

Given the demands placed on powersports vehicles, the choice of premium components may require a higher initial cost but also can substantially reduce maintenance and replacement. One example of these components is the powersports battery.

The introduction of Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries a generation ago provided a more rugged option than conventional flooded lead acid batteries. AGM batteries feature plates packed tightly in absorbent glass mat separators that hold the electrolyte and are sealed to protect against high-impact shock and mechanical vibration. Sealing also makes the battery spill- and leak-proof, as well as virtually maintenance-free because it does not require adding water to the electrolyte.

The ODYSSEY® battery from EnerSys® is an example of an AGM battery used in powersports vehicles. Being impact- and vibration-resistant, as well as non-spillable, ODYSSEY® batteries are designed to tolerate conditions that powersports vehicles often encounter on land, sea and snow. In addition to AGM construction, they also feature Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) technology. TPPL technology employs pure lead plates, which can be made thinner to enable more to fit in the battery footprint. More plates provide more surface area for electrochemical reactions, and therefore, greater power.

EnerSys recently introduced new models to its premium line of ODYSSEY® batteries in three of the most popular sizes for powersports applications: ODS-AGM 14 (BTX-14), ODS-AGM 20L (BTX-20L) and ODS-AGM 30L (BTX-30L). Among the vehicles that use these batteries are Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and Polaris® ATVs, as well as PWC, snowmobiles and other powersports vehicles. The ODS-AGM 14 offers 220 Cold Cranking Amps (CCA), the ODS-AGM 20L offers 275 CCA and the ODS-AGM 30L offers 400 CCA. All have a temperature range from -40°F (-40°C) to 113°F (45°C).

With the power of TPPL technology and the resilience of AGM construction, ODYSSEY® powersports batteries deliver high-quality performance and the steadfast toughness to tackle any terrain.

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