Trojan Battery Company says its new OverDrive AGM 31, a sealed, absorbed glass mat (AGM) Battery, was built specifically for idle-reduction technology in heavy-duty trucks.

With the development and installation of electric auxiliary power units gaining momentum, Trojan says it identified the “urgent” need for a reliable battery that provides clean, steady power for heating, air and critical on-board instruments when truck engines are turned off. The company claims that most truck owners using a new electric APU and Trojan’s new batteries will start to see its return on investment as little as 12-18 months.

The OverDrive AGM 31 is maintenance-free, with no watering required, and there can be no acid spills. It’s said to have “excellent recharge efficiency” while driving and “superior” vibration resistance over standard conventional lead-acid batteries. It has a durable polypropylene case, removable carrying handles, and a flame arrestor pressure vent. The warranty is 30 months.

Trojan, incidentally, built the first golf-cart battery back in 1952.

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