Your Batterty Powered Golf Car May Be Great For The Environment

The Flooded Lead-Acid Batteries In Your Golf Car Provide Renewable “Green” Energy

For several decades, golf cars have extended beyond the golf course and have been the main mode of daily transportation in resort and retirement communities to ease traffic congestion and reduce noise. With an increasing global interest focused on reducing emissions, utilizing renewable energy sources, and protecting the environment, various industries are taking a second look at the old battery-powered golf car.

The advantages of the electric golf car stem from those that use flooded lead-acid batteries. At first, this seems contrary to the purpose, but a closer look at what is happening with this segment of the battery industry reveals a much greener and sustainable method of power.

Cost Effectiveness

According to Fred Wehmeyer, U.S. Battery Vice President/Engineering, in most cases, flooded lead-acid batteries remain as the most cost-effective method for powering golf cars and small electric vehicles over the long-term. Some would argue that Lithium-ion batteries provide a better solution. Although Lithium battery packs may provide longer cycle life, comparing actual amp-hour capacity and battery pack energy (kilowatt-hours) often shows that the flooded lead-acid battery pack provides the most cost-effective solution at an overall purchase cost and operational cost per kilowatt-hours.

Renewable And Sustainable Advantages

One of the biggest benefits to utilizing golf cars with flooded lead-acid batteries is that the batteries are recycled at a rate of 97 to 99 percent, with the recycled lead going back into new golf car batteries in a closed-loop system. According to the Battery Council International, lead recyclers undergo some of the most restrictive emissions regulations. The process of recycling lead combined with tough emissions standards has produced new methods of recycling with reduced emissions that are far below EPA regulations. The BCI reports that contamination in the air has dropped by 99 percent since 1980. In addition, a recent study released by the BCI suggests that the U.S. lead battery industry enables more than 95,000 jobs for American workers and contributed more than $28 billion in total economic output to the national economy in 2016.*

It’s easy to see why many industries have continued to utilize flooded lead-acid batteries to power everything from fleets of golf cars, aerial lifts, cleaning machines and more. In addition to reducing annual operating costs, industries and individuals embracing battery power are also doing their part to help the economy and the environment.

For more information and maintenance tips on batteries for your electric vehicle, visit www.usbattery.com.

*Lead Battery Industry Provides Billions in Economic Benefit, Provides Gateway to Middle Class – Battery Council International February 1, 2018

Hate Watering Your Batteries? There’s An Easier Way

Single Point Watering Systems Make Watering Batteries Safe And Easy

Monitoring the level of electrolyte in your Flooded Lead Acid batteries is one of the necessary maintenance procedures to keep your batteries working properly, and extend their service life. While it sounds like a simple process, it can be very time consuming and cumbersome. Checking the water level in four or six batteries in a vehicle often requires removing the vent caps on each battery and visually inspecting the water level. In many cases, that can be difficult depending on where the batteries are located in the vehicle. If they’re difficult to reach, it can also add difficulty in adding the right amount of water, as overfilling can also cause problems, as well as not adding enough water too.

One of the ways to make the process much easier is investing in a Single Point Watering System (SPWS).  These systems allow you to add water to all of your vehicle’s batteries at one time, from a single water tube that is easily accessible. In addition, SPWS units also stop the flow of water, once it reaches the proper level within each of the battery cells. For battery powered vehicles with difficult access to the battery compartment, this makes battery maintenance much easier, and can ultimately extend the life of the batteries which can save you money in the long run.

Sense Smart ValveGoing one step further, SPWS manufacturers also have sensors available, that can be used with your watering system to monitor water levels in the battery pack and indicate when the batteries need watering. Manufacturers such as Flow-Rite and BWT have complete systems that are easy to install, and consist of valve caps that replace the factory units and allow water to be poured into each cell via a network of hoses. Most systems are also available pre-assembled for your particular application, and do-it-yourself systems are also available for custom applications.

It’s also good to point out that SPWS usually last a long time with proper care, and with constant monitoring, you’ll never need to spend too much time out of your weekend checking and watering your vehicle’s batteries again. For more information on a variety of single point watering systems for flooded lead-acid batteries, and sample installations, visit www.usbattery.com.

New App From U.S. Battery Provides Product And Specific Vehicle Application Information At Your Fingertips

U.S. Battery launches its new mobile app. The new app makes finding the right battery for a variety of vehicles and applications, from golf cars to floor machines, easy.

U. S. Battery’s new app is available on any iOS and Android phone or tablet, and instantly provides users with helpful information about the full range of U.S. Battery’s products.  Users can also utilize the included Battery Application Guide to find the best U.S. Battery products for their equipment. “The U.S. Battery app will be an exceptional sales tool,” says Don Wallace, U.S. Battery CMO/Executive VP Sales and Marketing. “It allows our dealers to quickly look up their customers’ equipment and select the right battery for their vehicle’s optimum performance and reliability.”

Customers can also download battery specification sheets, follow U.S. Battery on social media, and watch informative videos from their phone or tablets. The Frequently Asked Questions section, of the app, contains useful maintenance tips to help customers extend battery life, and subscribers will be notified of new product releases and product changes when they occur.

The U.S. Battery app is free and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, or directly from the U.S. Battery website. For more information on U.S. Battery’s line of AGM and Flooded Lead-Acid batteries, visit the website at www.usbattery.com.

One Of The Largest Battery Distributors In Japan, NISCO Corporation, Upgrades Brands To Become One Of U.S. Battery’s Authorized Top-Level Distributors

The NISCO Corporation announced it is now U.S. Battery Manufacturing’s Authorized Top-Level Distributors covering the country of Japan. Based in Tokyo, NISCO is one of the country’s largest battery suppliers providing reliable power to a wide range of industries including, aerial platforms, electric vehicles, renewable energy, marine, emergency power and more. According to Mr. Chikayuki Hayakawa, President of NISCO, the company is “organic” changing continuously to respond to market changes and customer input.

After a 15-year contract with a competitive battery brand, NISCO decided to upgrade its imported deep-cycle battery line completely to U.S. Battery products, in order to provide a greater level of performance and reliability for NISCO’s customers. “In the Japanese society, electricity will be further utilized in the future, and batteries will play a more important role. This is why we want to supply products that are useful for our customer’s electric needs and provide them at a fair price,” says Hayakawa.

NISCO will distribute a wide range of U.S. Battery products including Flooded Lead-Acid and AGM batteries that are used in a variety of industries in Japan and global markets. “We’re very happy to be working with NISCO and have them as the Authorized Top-Level Distributor for Japan,” said Brad Dwan, U.S. Battery’s Director of Sales for Asia, Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. “NISCO is very dedicated to providing its customers with the highest-quality products, and for them to upgrade their deep-cycle product line to using only U.S. Battery products, proves they listen to their surrounding markets and customer base.”

U.S. Battery products with XC2 formulation, consistently provide the highest initial capacity, fastest cycle-up time to full-rated capacity, improved recharge-ability, and the highest total energy delivered than any battery in their class.

For more information on U.S. Battery’s line of AGM and Flooded Lead-Acid batteries, visit the website at www.usbattery.com.

Electric Vehicle’s Effects On The Demand For Cobalt

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal showcased the race to control the battery industry, focused on cobalt mining. According to the authors Scott Patterson and Russell Gold, there’s a worldwide race to get as much cobalt as possible, and it’s located in the Congo.

The article points out how freelance miners in the Congo are doing whatever they can to mine cobalt for Chinese buyers, who are selling to Chinese companies, that process the cobalt into rechargeable, lithium-ion batteries used in laptops, smartphones, and electric vehicles.

Their research indicates that the Congo’s natural supply of cobalt for electric vehicles can be compared to what Saudi Arabia’s oil is to internal combustion engines.  So far, their research shows that China is the world’s largest electric-car market, and companies from China are in the process of dominating lithium-ion battery production.

In the process, freelance miners with no masks or safety equipment are caught in a process and industry that is in high demand. According to the article, it’s attracting human rights groups such as Amnesty International to look into these supply chains and ensure companies are not using these freelance miners and child labor to mine cobalt.

The article points out the staggering numbers, with global cobalt production quadrupling to 123,000 metric tons in 2000, and is expecting to reach more than 200,000 tons by 2025. Using cobalt in lithium-ion batteries, however, is not widespread, according to the article. In the article, the authors spoke with some battery experts who say that the technological shifts to make rechargeable batteries with less cobalt, or none at all, might make this mineral less important in future battery production.

With new tariffs on solar panels imposed by the U.S. President Donald Trump, the article points out that some technology experts worry what can happen if China gains a competitive hold in the battery industry.

Replacement Batteries For Floor Cleaning Machines

Maintenance crews are often on a strict schedule, so it’s vital that battery powered floor cleaning machines perform reliably and maintain full power throughout your cleaning schedule. This is one of the reasons why selecting the correct batteries for floor cleaning machines can be confusing. The least expensive batteries may not provide enough longevity, while the most expensive may hurt the bottom line of your company’s operating costs. There are some methods, however, to ensure you get the right balance between reliability and cost.

Choosing The Right Battery

When selecting a replacement battery it is important to refer to the manufacturer’s specifications.  These can be different for various floor machines such as Tennant, Nilfisk Advance, Factory Cat, Global Industrial, PowerBoss, Karcher, Minuteman International, and others.

As an example, the Nilfisk Grey Line Sweeper Scrubber SR models, run on a 24V system. Units like the SC1500 requires four, 6V 200 amp-hour batteries. U.S. Battery’s US 2000 XC2 or US 2200 XC2 are ideal for these power requirements. The Nilfisk SC600, however, runs on the same voltage system but requires four 255 amp-hour, 6V batteries. U.S. Battery’s US 250 XC2 would provide the best solution for these modes. In all, these examples, these batteries provide a great balance between cost and long-lasting performance.

Maintaining Batteries For Longer Life

To get the most performance from your batteries, it’s also important to commit to a regular maintenance regimen such as:

  1. Checking and replenishing the electrolyte levels. Installing a BWT or Flow-Rite single-point-watering kit can make this an easy and quick process.
  2. Performing an equalization charge
  3. Checking and Cleaning battery terminals and connections
  4. Performing an opportunity charge when possible

For a full list of proper Deep Cycle Battery Care & Maintenance procedures please see our Care & Maintenance page or download our Care & Maintenance brochure.

U.S. Battery Deep Cycle batteries are handcrafted in the U.S.A. The batteries also feature our exclusive XC2 formulation that gives them the highest initial capacity, fastest cycle-up time to full-rated capacity, improved recharge-ability, and the highest total energy delivered than any battery in their class. For a complete list of Flooded Lead-Acid or AGM batteries for cleaning machines download U.S. Battery’s Sweeper Scrubber Battery flyer to see all of the models, sizes, and specifications available to fit your particular vehicle.

 

U.S. Battery Launches New Dealer Locator Page Designed To Drive Traffic And Increase Online Branding For The Company’s Top Dealers

U.S. Battery Manufacturing is adding branding power for its dealers by implementing a new Dealer Locator system within the www.usbattery.com website. The new Dealer Locator page is faster, easier to use, and designed to drive potential customers to a Dealer Branded “mini-site” where additional images, current marketing promotions, featured U.S. Battery products, and direct contact information to expedite sales are all available. “Our new dealer branded mini-sites are a free service we’re offering our top dealers and will give them extra marketing power, placing their business at the forefront of localized online searches,” says Mike Wallace, U.S. Battery Creative Manager. “It’s designed to provide potential customers with information on U.S. Battery Products, and generate leads to drive-up sales from a simple-to-use mobile optimized location.” The program is initially being rolled out in the United States and Canada, with expansion to U.S. Battery’s global network of distributors in the coming months.

U.S. Battery’s new Dealer Locator and branded Dealer Sites, also allow customers to peruse through products by application, and quickly find and view specifications and sizes for U.S. Battery products. The Dealer Sites are maintained by U.S. Battery, to ensure customers have access to the most up-to-date product information.  Dealers are also able to personalize their site’s pages by adding more information about their company, including images of managers and staff, customer testimonials, and much more.

For more information on U.S. Battery’s new Dealer Locator, contact U.S. Battery at (800) 695-0945, or visit them online at www.usbattery.com.

Know Your Battery’s Water-Fill Level

Anyone who has a set of deep-cycle flooded lead-acid batteries knows that proper maintenance includes checking the water level in each cell, after a full charge. Although it’s easy to carefully add water to each cell, many people get confused as to how much water to add. Too little, and they’ll be having to add more sooner than is necessary. Too much and it runs the risk of overflowing when the batteries are charging.

care-maintenanceThe proper method recommended by most battery manufacturers is to add enough water so that the cell plates are completely submerged, but not so much that the water is up to the battery case cell cap vents. The proper fill level, according to battery manufacturers, is approximately 1/4-inch below the fill well bottom. (See photo example)

Battery manufacturers also recommend using only distilled or deionized water and to use a watering gun or pitcher to fill each battery cell. Ensuring your batteries are properly watered will add life and provide optimum performance from your deep-cycle batteries. For more information on battery maintenance, visit www.usbattery.com.

Access Lift And Telehandler Manufacturers Trending Towards Battery Power

Many industries are understanding the benefits of electric powered vehicles and machinery to reduce their annual operating costs in the areas of both power and maintenance. According to Access, Lift & Handlers Magazine, (Jan-Feb 2018 issue), an interview by editor Lindsey Anderson with Don Ahern of Xtreme Manufacturing, one of the leading North American manufacturers of telehandlers, Ahern believes most of these vehicles will move to electric power for various reasons. “There’s going to be a giant shift towards electric,” said Ahern. “Whether it be a 5 hp engine to a 300 hp engine, it will all go electric.”

In the interview, Ahern says he believes the electric powered vehicles will also be more reliable. “The reliability for electric drive is probably 10-times better than an internal combustion engine,” said Ahern. “Electric motors will last thousands and thousands of hours and an internal combustion engine — the best of the best— will last a thousand hours.”

The market for electric scissor lifts is undergoing the same trend change, according to Lindsey Anderson, editor at Access, Lift & Handlers, “Electric scissor lifts have long been the bread and butter of the industry,” says Anderson.  “But there’s been an influx of new uses for the venerable lifters, as many companies report.”

In response, manufacturers of electric scissor lifts such a Genie, project an increased demand for its electric products and that there’s an increase in demand for low-level and lightweight scissor lifts.

U.S. Battery Showcases The Electric MOKE During The 2018 PGA Accessory Show

U.S. Battery Manufacturing teamed up with Moke America at the 2018 PGA Merchandise show in Orlando, Florida, to showcase an electric powered version of an iconic vehicle called the Moke. The eMoke is a new version of this unique looking four-passenger vehicle that uses an electric engine, powered by 10 U.S. Battery US AGM 2224 six-volt batteries

USB-Moke-AGMsThis compact vehicle has been around for 50-years and was originally designed by Alec Issigonis of the British Motor Corporation, who was also the designer of the MINI Cooper. With its roots in the British military, and used for decades as means of transportation around exotic locations such as St Tropez, the Moke was made famous by actress Brigitte Bardot who was one of the vehicle’s earliest fans. The vehicle was reborn in 2016 after it had ceased production in the ‘80’s, when it was powered by a 1-liter DOHC gasoline engine.

Teaming up with U.S. Battery, Moke America is promoting this new electric model as the perfect golf, vacation, and retirement home vehicle, allowing for more mobility, comfort and customization than traditional electric vehicles currently in use. For more information on this vehicle, visit Moke America at https://mokeamerica.com.

To learn more about U.S. Battery’s AGM and Flooded Lead-Acid products for a variety of electric vehicles like the Moke, visit U.S. Battery online at www.usbattery.com.