Auto Service Professional

JUN 2018

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J u n e 2 018 A SP 19 Searl, Johnson Controls: e biggest thing for shop owners in terms of the next 18 months and even the next three years will be vehicles with increased electrical demand that enable more comfort, safety and efficiency, such as start- stop technology. Today's vehicles have more than 150 electri- cal devices, compared to 20 devices 20 years ago. at means more capable battery technology is needed to serve these more demanding applica- tions. e use of AGM is going to be one of the primary technologies. ASP: When can store owners expect to see cars with new or next-gener- ation battery technologies in their bays? Munsell, ACDelco: ACDel- co offers, as part of its expand- ing product portfolio, some of the highest reserve capacity batteries in the market, includ- ing both flooded lead acid and AGM designs. We combine OE require- ments for cold cranking amps with as much reserve capacity as possible to meet the increas- ing electrical loads of modern vehicles. e replacement bat- tery you choose for a customer's vehicle should be guided by original equipment specifications. For example, vehicles using start- stop technology to reduce fuel consumption typ- ically require an AGM battery. Horn, Interstate Batteries: AGM and EFBs are still projected to be 58% of new vehicles in North America in 2024. at means the start- stop technology is 2% to 4% of the cars on the road, but shops in areas with upper middle class residents with fully loaded SUVs and higher end cars will see more of these vehicles first. Searl, Johnson Controls: Shop owners can expect to see vehicles with next-generation AGM technology now. It will continue to increase as we see the full-scale deployment of start-stop technology in vehicles over the next three years by all manufacturers. It's already mainstream in Europe, and it will approach maturity by 2020 for vehicles deployed in the U.S.A. e majority of cars worldwide will be start-stop. In the U.S. it will be the dominant technology in the 40% to 50% range. e rest of the vehicle technologies will be split between SLI (starting, lighting and ignition), microhybrid, hybrid and EV (electric vehicle). ASP: What opportunities will the new and next-generation technologies offer? Munsell, ACDelco: e biggest immediate op- portunity for independent shops is driven by bat- tery testing, not new battery technology. anks to low viscosity oils, gear reduction starter motors, direct fuel injection and electronic spark control, new vehicles are much easier to start than older models. We encourage shops to test battery con- ductance on every vehicle that comes their way because skipping this easy step can leave some customers at risk of needing a tow or a jump start down the road. Horn, Interstate Batteries: ere is a shortage of mechanics, and training can be a challenge to shops. Some of the newer di- agnostics and testing technology can help. New products with a better user experience that were designed for the unique condi- tions of a garage leave less room for errors with updates like VIN (vehicle identification number) scanning versus entering data manually. Searl, Johnson Controls: For an independent shop, more complicated systems mean there are going to be less people doing it themselves and more opportunity for installation by more expe- rienced technicians. We also believe next-gener- ation battery management systems are trending towards self-reset. We're still learning about how the OEs are doing it, but it's going to be a blend of reset and self-reset. at's a little simpler for the shop and may seem simpler for the do-it-your- selfer. But remember, the battery is still buried Reserve capacity will be critical in the future, according to ACDelco. The company says it offers some of the highest reserve capacity batteries available for AGM (pictured) and flooded lead acid designs. PHOTO COURTESY OF INTERSTATE BATTERIES PHOTO COURTESY OF ACDELCO Interstate Batteries is introducing a new look for its battery products. The MTX (center) is designed for cars that use a lot of accessories and plug-ins or require an AGM battery. The MTP (left) and the MT are flooded batteries.

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