Although lead batteries may be the world’s oldest rechargeable battery technology, through research and innovation they continue to evolve. For more than a century they have been a reliable source of energy for power in cars and trucks, and recent advancements have positioned them to be integral to the success of hybrid and electric vehicles, as well as renewable energy storage for wind and solar farms.
Lead batteries are by far the safest technology when it comes to the risks of overcharging, exposure to heat, mechanical damage and short-circuiting.
Recent technical performance advancements have only increased this reliability. Over the last 20 years, the lifespan of a lead battery has increased by 30-35%. Their dependable nature is also attracting use in new applications, such as port cranes and elevators.
When power is critical, no other battery chemistry is more trusted than lead. Lead batteries provide protection from sudden power outages in applications ranging from the United States’ $1 trillion communications infrastructure to life-saving hospital equipment.
Reliable doesn’t mean old-fashioned. Today’s lead batteries are safe to use in innovative energy applications, such as energy storage for wind and solar facilities, logistics and warehouses, public transportation and vehicles with start-stop technology.