Discharging batteries for transport and charging to extend service life
In order to comply with these dangerous goods regulations and minimize transport risks, vehicle batteries are usually discharged to a required State of Charge (SOC) using a charging and discharging system before being transported (e.g. max. 30 percent for air freight). The charge state of the battery is documented in the form of a log that contains all the necessary data and information required for air freight transport.
With its new “NovaCarts Charger” (NC Charger) test bench, MicroNova has developed a system to monitor, charge and discharge vehicle traction batteries that optimally supports automobile manufacturers and suppliers in the requirements of battery transport and storage. This means that even batteries that, for example, have discharged slightly over time due to being kept in storage can be recharged to defined SOC values in a controlled manner. This not only significantly prolongs the battery’s service life, but is also necessary as the battery might not otherwise be offered to the end user as new.