AnswerID: 485293 Submitted: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 16:14
I wouldn't like to have a battery inside a cabin with me. There are already a good number of reasons why manufacturers don't do it - and I'd check with local rego authorities to see if it's legal.
A battery in the cabin with you in a smash is quite likely going to have some acid come out of it. Admittedly an AGM reduces this factor to a large degree.
More importantly, in a smash, a batterys terminals quite often arc as they come into contact with other metal parts. This will often start a fire.
You may take every precaution to avoid smashes, and be a very good driver - but sooner or later, some idiot will clean you up. I've been driving for 47 yrs, consider myself a good safe driver, and have managed to avoid smashes, even when I've come face-to-face at 110kmh with idiots overtaking on the crest of hills, over double white lines.
However, I was legally parked in a marked parking zone on a major arterial road, in broad daylight (midday) on a fine sunny day, with a dry road - and two clowns in a Commodore ran straight up my backside at 70kmh, without even braking. You have to take this sort of thing into account at all times.
Cheers - Ron.
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FollowupID: 760550 Submitted:
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 18:19
Sounds like there isn't much point in me stepping out the door, chances are something bad is going to happen lol. A bit too much doom and gloom there for me, but thanks for pointing out Ron . I'm pretty sure that common sense will prevail. AGM battery in a batterybox, secured to the floor should be fine
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FollowupID: 760551 Submitted:
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 18:32
Member - Chris & Debbie (QLD) posted:
Ron, some manufacturers do have the battery in the cab, my wifes SS ute has the battery behind the passenger seat
, probably as there is no room under the bonnet.
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FollowupID: 760562 Submitted:
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 21:04
GT Campers posted:
Ron FYI many/most VW, BMW, VE Commodore, Merc etc etc have batteries in the cabin these days
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