Idled trucks likely to lead to ‘unprecedented’ battery failures

June 3, 2020

Just because a truck’s sitting idle, the same may not be true for its batteries. Parasitic loads from telematics devices and onboard computers, along with self-discharging that occurs when charging stops, will drain the power bank.

For some idled trucks, it may be only a matter of days before its batteries tank, particularly for reefer trucks, said Marcus Hester, vice president of sales and marketing for Optronics International.