The auto industry knows that more battery power will help keep vehicles moving in the advanced electronics age. But bigger batteries could also affect customer satisfaction.
Kenneth Waichenas, director of automotive marketing for Analogy Inc., a Beaverton, Oregon, USA, software developer for automotive electronic architecture, said that between 1 and 5 percent of most vehicle models come back to the dealership because of electrical problems. And in 70 to 80 percent of those shop visits, the cause of the problem is not found, Waichenas said.
He said that inadequate power is partly to blame.
'These things have a huge impact on customer satisfaction,' Waichenas said.
He said that more battery power will also end up improving vehicle fuel efficiency. A 42-volt battery would allow electric motors to replace the belts that run off the engine. That drains away engine power and fuel economy, he said.