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SkelStart to Boost Bus Service Reliability in Nordic Winter

Batteripoolen is the distributor for our engine starting module, SkelStart, in Sweden. Their Sales Manager, Johan Bankler, sheds light on the need for supercapacitors in public transport. 

Based in Tranås, Sweden, Batteripoolen specializes in high-quality batteries, solar energy products, and accessories. The company offers a variety of batteries for industrial machinery, automotive applications, engine starting, and leisure activities. Since 2011, Batteripoolen has been part of OEM International AB, one of Europe’s leading technology trading groups.

"In Sweden, sustainability is an important topic on the public agenda," says Sales Manager Johan Bankler. "Supercapacitor technology is especially interesting for us because it's not affected by cold temperatures."

Batteripoolen distributes Skeleton’s supercapacitor-based SkelStart module, designed to address engine starting issues in heavy-duty vehicles, particularly in cold weather. It serves as a reliable aid, minimizing the risk of cranking failure due to low-charged batteries, ensuring smoother operations and extended battery lifespan.

Winter temperatures in Sweden can plummet to -30 degrees Celsius or colder. Given the heavy reliance on public transport, Bankler emphasizes SkelStart's significant impact on bus operations. During winter months, operators often face lead-acid battery issues, risking penalties for buses failing to adhere to tight schedules "With demanding bus timetables, there's often insufficient time — a minimum of 8 hours — to fully charge the battery," he explains. "SkelStart minimizes the risk of buses not starting, crucial for maintaining reliable service."

Considering the net-zero ambition, technologies offering higher reliability should also meet high environmental standards. "With sustainability at the forefront, our public transport operators prioritize sustainable solutions," Bankler adds. "SkelStart allows bus service providers to extend battery lifespan and reduce battery pack size."


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