Motive power batteries from Exide Technologies (CMP Batteries) are helping local BBC radio stations around the country to deliver their outside broadcasts. Events like the London marathon, the Lord Mayor's Show and the Notting Hill Carnival will all be covered by BBC London from a specially modified Peugeot 806, using an Exide battery to power the technical equipment. At the turn of the century a fleet of 20 vehicles was bought by the BBC and modified by Dega Broadcast Systems. The batteries were initially provided by CMP Batteries but, having reached the end of their life, a number have now been replaced.
Steve Webb, Senior Broadcast Engineer of BBC London comments, “Although our batteries were still performing well, they had already passed their scheduled service life”. The motive power battery is positioned in the centre of the vehicle next to the extendable radio mast and powers vital equipment. It is charged by the engine's alternator, which also charges the standard car battery. Should extra charging be required, the 2 volt cells can be charged from a mains supply.
Keith Brown of Exide Technologies comments, “The batteries are a standard motive power battery used in many Powered Pallet Trucks and other similar vehicles. The main difference in this application was it utilised a 12 volt supply (6 cells) and the location of the battery in the vehicle meant that the fumes from the battery charging had to be vented to outside.”