April 11, 2019: North Star, the Swedish-US battery manufacturer, has signed a deal with German automaker Daimler to install its award-winning ACE remote battery monitoring system in all of its truck service centres in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America, the firm announced on April 9.
The announcement comes eight months after North Star agreed a $500 million seven-year contract with Daimler to supply its Freightliner Cascadia trucks with pure lead AGM batteries.
North Star’s ACE system, which won the BCI Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation award in 2017, remotely assesses the state of a battery via a bluetooth connection and chip installed in the battery.
The deal with Daimler is the first time it has been installed in an automotive application, according to CEO Hans Liden.
“We had the basic product, then co-developed an app that was suitable for Daimler,” he said. “Now they’re training their service technicians around the world.
“They don’t have to acquire any hardware, they just download the app and can then read the history of the battery, the temperature, the state of charge, and so on, and any battery that needs replacing or servicing can be located and replaced immediately by the service staff before it breaks down.”
The company says all service centres in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America will be equipped with the ACE system, which has been specifically tailored to Daimler’s requirements.
North Star’s batteries will become standard in the 30,000-40,000 Mercedes trucks — a division of Daimler — that are made every year. Each truck will have at least two batteries.
“North Star’s batteries are also available for additional truck models at Daimler, which means that this number of trucks can be increased by a factor of three to four,” says the company.
The sale price of a premium AGM truck battery is between $300-$400.