Battery consumption awareness

The short guide below focuses on how best to use consumers during on-board living and longer stops, as a switched-off engine is the real challenge for batteries. There are also some tips on how to prolong battery life while driving, the importance of charging and a special note on how to think and act when it’s cold outside.

Following these basic rules gives you a number of benefits:

  • You get the most out of your batteries and prolong their life
  • There’s less risk of unplanned stops and costly standstills due to insufficient battery power

Five things that prolong battery lifetime

Recharge your battery often.

Recharge your battery often.

You must top charge your battery at least every three weeks. But do it whenever there’s an opportunity, such as on overnight stops or weekend breaks. A top charged battery cuts fuel consumption and makes the vehicle more reliable.

Keep an eye on the Battery Status Indications.

Keep an eye on the Battery Status Indications.

The driver display shows status and current usage, and sends out alerts if for instance there’s a low state of charge. Follow this advice – it prolongs battery lifetime.

Be extra careful in the winter.

Be extra careful in the winter.

A temperature drop from +20 to -18°C cuts battery capacity by 50%. Pay extra attention to the battery’s condition and the preventive handling of electrical consumers when the vehicle isn’t in operation.

Turn off consumers when not required.

Turn off consumers when not required.

Everything from the fridge to charging your phone drains the battery when the engine is switched off. Use consumers wisely, especially during long stops.

Choose the right vehicle mode during stops:  

Choose the right vehicle mode during stops:  

• Parking mode is always the preferred choice when no active use of cab features is needed • If you need access to cab features, choose Living mode, but make sure to activate Parking mode as soon as you’re finished • Accessory mode adds more possibilities to use cab features. Use this restrictively though in order not to drain the batteries • Remember to be economical and turn off consumers that aren’t needed!

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Do you want more information?

If so, please download our Battery Consumption Awareness brochure or contact your local Volvo dealer.

Battery Consumption Awareness brochure

Three smart accessories

Some types of transports are extra demanding. And due to unforeseen events, you might need to use more battery power than planned. It’s wise to have these three installed in your vehicle.

Volvo Battery reconditioner

Volvo Battery reconditioner

Removes and prevents sulphation. This helps you avoid discharges that could ruin the battery.

Volvo Battery CHARGER

Volvo Battery CHARGER

This helps you charge the batteries and guarantees that a top charge can be provided even in cold weather (unlike when you use alternators). We offer the following types of chargers (like the one below): • Chargers for vehicle fitting • External chargers for use without fitting All chargers have min. 20A and intelligence to avoid overcharging.

Extension cord kit.

Extension cord kit.

This 5-metre 220V cord connects your truck to external charge stations. Especially useful when such stations are awkwardly placed or too far away for the regular connection cord.

Find your local dealer

Contact your local Volvo dealer

Find your local dealer