Exide Launches Innovative VRLA GEL Battery for Power-hungry Trucks


GENNEVILLIERS, FranceSept. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Global stored energy leader, Exide Technologies, is helping fleet operators to keep their businesses moving by adding high performance VRLA (valve regulated lead-acid) GEL battery technology to its truck range, pushing cycling endurance to new levels.

With end customers expecting ever-faster, more reliable deliveries, managing the total cost of ownership (TCO) of their assets and minimizing the risk of breakdowns has never been more crucial for Commercial Vehicle (CV) operators. Aftermarket distributors and workshops are also being called upon to select high quality CV batteries that will cope with significant endurance, cranking and vibration resistance demands.

In response to these growing needs Exide is introducing Endurance+PRO GEL, a pioneering new VRLA battery based on GEL technology that offers competitive advantages for CV fleet owners and installers. Made for extreme cycling, GEL battery technology – which was originally invented by Sonnenschein®, an Exide brand, provides impressive energy throughput over the battery lifetime. GEL technology is maintenance free and extremely robust against deep discharge whilst ensuring a safe, reliable start. It is a proven technology in the most demanding and critical applications.

The new, maintenance-free battery delivers far more cycling endurance than an SHD (super heavy duty) flooded battery and AGM (absorbent glass mat) alternatives. This makes it ideal for high energy uses, such as long-haul trucks with ‘life on board’ equipment and commercial vehicles doing extensive urban deliveries. The battery achieves the deepest possible discharge for better energy availability, leading to prolonged life span.

Exide – a leading global provider of OE and aftermarket batteries for automotive and industrial markets – offers a wide selection of replacement batteries for commercial vehicles. Alongside its EndurancePRO ranges the company has four other CV battery ranges tailored to different power consumption demands: StrongPRO, which features a next-generation high vibration resistance design and comes with Carbon Boost, Exide’s smart electrochemical solution for durability and faster recharging; PowerPRO; PowerPRO Agri & Construction; and StartPRO. Each battery delivers the optimum combination of benefits to meet specific CV energy needs in terms of vibration resistance, cycling endurance and cranking power.

Michael Geiger, VP Sales & Marketing – EMEA at Exide Technologies, said: “CV operators and their drivers rely on their batteries doing their job, without fail, every day and night. The cycling endurance demands of many long-haul and delivery trucks have grown enormously. Cranking-focused batteries are no longer the answer. We are therefore very excited to introduce our new VRLA GEL batteries for high consumption vehicles that also contribute to operator peace of mind.”

The launch also means that Exide now offers fleet operators, parts distributors and service workshops a complete choice of CV batteries for every need. “With the addition of Endurance+PRO GEL our CV range is stronger than ever,” confirmed Geiger. “Thanks to our ability to draw on our experience in other demanding sectors, such as industrial, marine and power sports, we are also well placed to continually enhance our commercial vehicle battery technologies into the future.”

The top Battery Manufacturers in India


The battery industry in India that comprises automobile, sealed maintenance free (SMF), tubular and lead acid batteries have been registering an annual growth rate of 25 per cent year on year. While China still remains the world’s largest battery market, India is expected to register the strongest growth in sales by 2020. Demand for Indian batteries from importers worldwide has increased and to meet this, Indian manufacturers are also gearing up. The main sectors in which demand is expected to grow in 2018 are solar, telecom, automation and power conditioning.

Recognizing the growth being witnessed by the battery industry, Waldies has decided to rank the top Battery Manufacturers on the basis of our consumer survey and their demand.

Some major companies could not be included in the ranking as they declined to share their revenue figures with us, nor could their balance sheets be accessed on the MCA website. We did not include companies who are exclusively/extensively into manufacturing automotive batteries.

Battery Manufacturers in India

While this survey is by no means comprehensive, it does provide a glimpse into many of India’s key battery manufacturers.

  • Exide Industries Limited
  • Amaraja Batteries (Amaron)
  • Luminous Batteries
  • Okaya Power Group
  • Base Corporation Ltd.
  • Southern Batteries Pvt. Ltd.
  • HBL Power Systems
  • Su-Kam Batteries
  • Tudor India Pvt. Ltd.

The battery market in India is experiencing growing demand from multiple sectors. Apart from conventional demand from manufacturing industries, the digital and telecom boom has generated demand for batteries for power storage equipment. The growth of the battery market is also driven by the increasing demand from sectors like banking, hospitality, transportation and other industrial applications. Besides, the boom in the solar sector has added extra impetus to this industry. With all these factors combined, the Indian battery market is expected to remain bullish in the coming years.

With the introduction of electric vehicles, this sector may move towards lithium ion and fuel cell technologies.

However, there is not much variation in the rankings of the companies compared to their positions in the previous year. Maintaining its top position in this survey, Exide Industries is leading the market, followed by Amara Raja and HBL.

Waldies is proud to affirm that our product, Red Lead, which is a raw material in manufacturing lead-acid batteries and tubular batteries is used by all of the top battery manufacturers in India. You can head over to our product section to know more about our service area and range. Waldies Compound Limited also boasts of its product quality being of the highest order. The quality we manufacture is unparalleled.