In his State of the Union address, President Obama said a lot of things that would affect the American people. One statement, in particular, will affect those of us in the trucking industry.

“And even as we’ve increased energy production, we’ve partnered with businesses, builders, and local communities to reduce the energy we consume. When we rescued our automakers, for example, we worked with them to set higher fuel efficiency standards for our cars. In the coming months, I’ll build on that success by setting new standards for our trucks, so we can keep driving down oil imports and what we pay at the pump.”

Although, “setting new standards for our trucks,” covers a lot of potential ground, rest assured that commercial fleets will feel the impact of these standards.

Currently, anti-idling regulations and high gas prices already require creative ways to power the devices within your fleet. To accomplish this, your fleet requires batteries, and those batteries aren’t cheap.

Anytime a battery is removed and comes to us to be charged, Purkeys follows a strict procedure to ensure that the batteries pass inspection before we put them back into a truck.  One person is in charge of following the protocol, and personally inspects, tests and sorts each battery. After a battery is charged, it is tested twice before it’s approved to go back into the field. Any battery that doesn’t pass inspection is processed for warranty reimbursements or picked up and scrapped appropriately.

This might seem trivial, but this is one part of our full-service battery maintenance program, and it is a reflection of how we do business. Our thorough process is also carried out when we educate maintenance technicians to properly conserve and test their batteries.

We develop new technology to solve new problems, and our goal is to save you money by providing thought out, long-lasting solutions for the needs of your fleet. We take pride in being meticulous and improving the trucking industry.

So when Obama’s new standards come along, our new solutions will be ready.