SkelStart – the Antidote to Battery Drain from Frequent Liftgating
Skeleton's supercapacitor-based engine start module SkelStart provides the necessary cranking power to start an engine, even after extensive liftgate operations have drained the battery.
In freight and logistics, liftgates play a vital role by ensuring the efficient loading and unloading of cargo. However, the repeated use of liftgates through a typical day of multiple delivery stops considerably drains the truck’s batteries.
Every operation of the liftgate pulls power from the batteries, and in scenarios where drivers make 10-15 stops daily, with 6-10 liftgate operations per stop, the toll on the battery is substantial. The issue intensifies in urban settings where stops are closely spaced, leaving little time for the alternator to recharge the batteries between stops.
The prevailing solution for many drivers has been to keep their trucks idling during loading and unloading to keep the batteries charged. However, this workaround is far from ideal: it leads to higher fuel consumption, increased emissions, and in some regions, it's a violation of anti-idling laws.
The impact of battery drain goes beyond just the operational hiccups. It cascades into the realms of service interruptions, delayed deliveries, and the added expense of service calls to jump-start or replace dead batteries. The scenario gets grimmer with the potential of inoperable liftgates leading to a “stuck truck” situation, disrupting the supply chain and causing significant logistical challenges.
The primary advantage of an engine starter module lies in averting those unfavorable scenarios where a jump start is required. Skeleton's SkelStart, a supercapacitor-based engine start module, delivers the essential cranking power to ignite an engine, even when extensive liftgate operations have depleted the battery.