Electrical Power & Protection


Batteries in motive power applications

October 2019 Electrical Power & Protection

When discussing motive power applications, the initial thought is that their batteries must be similar to transportation batteries. After all, this equipment is ‘motive’ just like a car or truck. However, this is not the case. Motive power applications, such has forklifts, electric golf carts and electric lawnmowers, use batteries more closely related to stationary than transportation batteries.

How these batteries are stationary

How are these batteries different than those in motor vehicles? Transportation batteries function as start/stop batteries. The primary discharge occurs when the vehicle is started. After that, it spends the rest of the drive time recharging.

Motive power batteries, on the other hand, do not operate in this fashion. Instead of only being used to start the machinery, there is a continual discharge. These batteries are used constantly while in operation. This is similar to other stationary batteries in that they are used until depleted, or until the job is done, and then recharged after use.

Why stationary batteries are used

Stationary batteries are used in these applications because of their nature. They tend to be ‘dirtier’ with a higher output threshold. It is imperative that they have low downtime and increased, continual productivity. Transportation batteries simply cannot keep up with these needs.

Industrial machinery is used for a variety of day-to-day plant operations and batteries are among the reasons for underperformance. This is why testing and maintenance is vitally important. If neglected, it can contribute to higher repair and replacement costs, a significant decrease in the machine’s lifespan, and even safety risks.

Midtronics’ electrical system testing technology is used by six major automotive manufacturing facilities in South Africa in on-vehicle equipment, recording events that may lead to battery or electrical system failure. In addition to this, two leading South African battery manufacturers and distributors have committed to using the technology in their facilities and distribution outlets.

Midtronics is entirely focused on the development and marketing of technology products for manufacturers, distributors and users of lead-acid batteries and continues its aggressive research and development of products for alternative chemistry batteries.


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