To do their job properly, emergency services vehicles need a reliable power source to charge vital equipment. Long-lasting lithium batteries boost the electric APUs in emergency services vehicles, avoiding delays due to low batteries. A durable battery like our lithium LightningVolt™ also cuts idle times; this protects the DPF and engine, reduces regens, and keeps those essential vehicles on the road longer!
Why Do Ambulances Need Lithium APU Batteries?
Ambulances contain vital battery-powered equipment that needs to be fully charged and operational; this includes life-saving medical equipment, interior and exterior lights, floodlights, and tail lifts. This equipment drains a considerable amount of battery power! The average breakdown of ambulance battery usage is 45% on rescue equipment, 25% on temperature control, and 30% on the exterior and interior lights.
If ambulance equipment fails due to low battery, the consequences can be serious! That’s why it’s so important to have long-lasting batteries designed for deep discharge. Lithium batteries last twice as long between charges as their lead-acid counterparts. This is because you can drain lithium batteries up to 95% without damaging them.
To protect against overcharge and overuse, we also designed LightningVolt™ with an in-built battery management system. Coupled with the speed-charging feature, this gets the ambulance back on the road and responding to calls as quickly as possible.
When it comes to ambulance design, truck outfitters have to work around weight and space restrictions. Choosing the lightest, most compact APU batteries can optimize the space available for essential life-saving equipment. Lithium LightningVolt™ batteries weigh less than half their AGM or lead-acid equivalents and outfitters can store them in almost any position. Removing the need to install them near air vents increases flexibility in ambulance design compared to traditional alternatives.
Why Should Fire Trucks and Fire Engines have lithium APU batteries?
Fire trucks and fire engines simultaneously spend a lot of time on standby and need to be ready at a moment’s notice. An electric APU is often used to charge important electronics from sirens, on-scene lighting, body lights and scene lights, to temperature control, tank circulation and communications equipment. In the case of fire trucks, the APU also charges the heat-seeking camera used to search for victims. Fire trucks arrive after fire engines and they often need to mobilize quickly. It’s essential that they can park and keep their equipment running for long periods without idling.
Truck outfitters equipping fire trucks and engines can get the best results with lithium APU batteries like LightningVolt™. These batteries massively increase the APU’s efficiency, reducing the need for idling. This cuts fuel spending, reduces wear on the power train and protects the aftertreatment system from premature damage caused by excessive idling. Preserving the DPF keeps the fire truck on the road longer, and cuts down on regens that could delay it in an emergency!