The first batteries were introduced in the mid-1700s when Benjamin Franklin used Leyden jars to manipulate electricity. Electrochemical batteries, meanwhile, arrived in the 1800s, serving as the basis for the lead-acid batteries that are the modern standard.
On this episode of Smart Power, we explore an in-house innovation that is revolutionizing the power-supplying process.
Jeff Colton, senior vice president of global sales at Ioxus, explained that the two principal battery categories are the aforementioned lead-acid variety, which are used in internal combustion engines, and lithium-ion batteries, which are found in Teslas, drones, and now Ioxus clients’ trucks.
“We can serve your local delivery trucks, step-vans or walk-in vans, liftgate trucks, small day cabs…and also airport cargo tractors,” he said.
Using ultracapacitors, Colton and his colleagues have lent an eco-friendly touch to today’s batteries.
“If a fleet owned one thousand trucks, we would eliminate…a million pounds of lead and sulfuric acid,” he said. “[It] doesn’t have to be mined, refined, shipped, shipped again.”
According to Colton, the UStart battery’s duration is one million charge-discharge cycles, providing the average truck owner with a robust battery life of approximately 15 years.
Colton said the installation couldn’t be more straightforward.
“No special cables, no rewiring,” he said. “Pull one, put the UStart in and off you go.”
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