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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 12th 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---15 Expert in charge of battery strategy IN DEMAND: Bengt Wahlqvist, founder of the CTEK battery charging company. There is a lot more to come from the traditional lead-acid battery than most people realise, says a man who is staking his future on electric power. Paul Gover reports 'People see it's unnecessary to waste a battery every year. It's not the lifestyle or thinking of today's people ' BENGT Wahlqvist is convinced that there is still life in lead-acid batteries, and the po- tential for significant economy gains in regular cars, while carmakers tackle the technical and financial challenges of lithium-ion and nickel-metal hydride batteries, lead-acid is still going to be used for the majority of vehicles. Wahlqvist said about 500 million lead-acid batteries were manufactured every year. He founded one of the world's leading battery charg- er companies and is an expert in his field. ''We will see 12, 24 and 48-volt lead-acid batteries for stop-start vehicles. And you will get 10 per cent fuel sav- ings, with better costs than the other types of batteries. ''People will pay you to recycle a lead-acid battery. If you have lithium-ion you must pay to have it recycled.'' Wahlqvist says his com- pany, CTEK, is doing a lot of business here. ''Australia is our second- biggest export market, after Germany. We are setting up a branch in Melbourne to sup- port this market. One out of 10 chargers we manufacture ends up in Australia,'' Wahlqvist said. ''Australia is a good market for us because of the outdoor lifestyle. ''It's not the day-to-day bat- tery use, but people with occa- sional use in a motorcycle or a jet-ski or a caravan. ''And a motorcycle battery is different to a boat battery, which needs a different type of charger.'' He said battery chargers were also becoming more com- monplace as people recognised the cost --- both economic and environmental --- of neglecting their batteries. ''People see it's unnecessary to waste a battery every year. It's not the lifestyle or thinking of today's people. ''There is more cautious thinking about how to use resources. ''It's not so much for the day- to-day car, because there is not normally a problem. It's for all the other stuff. ''This is how we started in Sweden, with the bikers. They needed to keep their batteries charged until the good weath- er was coming.'' And he can see bigger changes in the future. ''We have been working on hybrid vehicles now since 2002,'' Wahlqvist said. ''And we are seeing a change from the linear charger to full electronic chargers --- what we call the smart chargers. ''We call the CTEK design the smartest battery charger in the world. Wahlqvist said his chargers were even specified by many of the world's leading car- makers, including Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Bentley. ''Our machines have a sys- tem that doesn't care about the type of battery or the vehicle. And the price point is not very high, so there is a simple solution to keeping the battery charged and the vehicle ready for use.'' Has the used car thats RIGHT FOR YOU $11,990 $28,990 $19,990 $31,990 $26,990 LOW KMS NEW CAR WARRANTY GREAT ECONOMY CLUBSPORT BODY KIT SIX SPEED MANUAL LOW KMS RARE AUTOMATIC FULLY FEATURED GREAT KMS HEAD TURNER! RARE MANUAL TURBO PERFORMANCE 07 KIA RIO HATCH COMMODORE SV8 6 SPD SEDAN 06 COROLLA CONQUEST WAGON CREWMAN SS 6 SPD UTE 05 XR6 TURBO 6 SPD 2025348-37 FALCON XR8 MK2 6 SPEED MANUAL TUB LINER LOW KS & RARE IN A WORD - STUNNING! 6 SPD MANUAL SUNROOF & PLUS MORE $26,990 RARE AUTOMATIC 1 OWNER UNIT TOP QUALITY EURO HATCH PEUGEOT 307 HATCH $14,990 V6 ENGINE LOW KMS IMMACULATE UNIT 03 mitsubishi triton glx d/cab $17,990 SOMETHING RARE FOR EVERYONE SOMETHING NEW 453 MAIN RD, GLENORCHY PH 6273 4433 www.capitolmotors.com.au $13,990 $17,990 2WD PETROL MANUAL DEMO KM'S TOP VALUE AUTO TRANSMISSION EXCELLENT CONDITION 7 SEAT VERSION 1.9 COMMERCIAL DIESEL AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FULLY OPTIONED RARE 4 SEATER! AUTOMATIC, CANOPY CLOTH TRIM QUICK TO SELL RENAULT KOLEOS 4X2 S/W MITSUBISHI PAJERO GLS 'A' RENAULT MEGANE DCI SEDAN 04 HILUX EXTRA CAB UTE RENAULT MEGANE 'A' HATCH $29,990 $29,990 $23,990 $31,990 DRIVE AWAY DRIVE AWAY DRIVE AWAY DRIVE AWAY 2 LITRE AUTOMATIC ELEC STABILITY PROGRAM 5 SAFETY 3.6 LITRE V6 MOTOR AUTO TRANS BEST VALUE IN TOWN BE QUICK VZ COMMODORE S/WAGON $16,990 RENAULT KANGOO 'A' VAN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION SAFETY FEATURES SUPER QUALITY $19,990 HONDA ODYSSEY 7 STR HONDA QUALITY FOUR CYLINDER GREAT CONDITION
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