Thursday, January 2, 2014

Fuel-saving "stop-start" technology become the norm

It is hybrid drivers familiar: come to a traffic light and brake, and keep in mind the car becomes quieter. What is less obvious, is the fuel efficiency reach the driver of the gasoline pump.

Originally developed automatic switching off of the vehicle engine for use in hybrid vehicles, this stop-start technology – instead of wasting gas idling at traffic lights or in a fast food line - will be quickly rolled out on everything from mini cars high performance luxury vehicles. And according to a new survey, it is likely in the next ten years the norm has become.

"The challenge for automakers, to obtain the greatest efficiencies of the smallest cost increment", said David Alexander, senior analyst at Navigant research.

The consultancy predicts that the number of vehicles with start-stop technology from 8.8 worldwide 2022 will increase to 1 million. On the basis of industry estimates, which would explain more than half of all vehicles produced in this year.

Indeed, it might not even take that long to this milestone reached on the recent announcements in the industry. Ford plans, for example, of technologies on 70 percent offer its U.S. model range, up to the year 2017, anticipating annual sales this year by about 1 million.

"Words, auto start-stop helps customers to use less fuel, that an important part of Ford's is simple blueprint for sustainability," said Bob Fascetti, Ford's global Powertrain Vice President.

Different manufacturers use different names for the technology, including micro hybrid and idle-stop. But industry experts are agreed that what ever it is called, the system critical fuel 2016, and then jump standards of 35.5 mpg are for manufacturers, the hope, the tough new U.S. year mpg by 2025 could meet at 54.5.

The exact payment technology is a matter of debate. Manufacturers quote numbers anywhere between 2% and 5% savings. Motorists will likely see a big difference, depending on how and where you drive, how start stop the most effective is, driven a vehicle in urban environments where should increasingly idle went over be.

"The entire automotive industry moving to stop / start to improve fuel economy," said Dave Sargent, Vice President of J.D. power and Associates company automotive research group, although he note "There is a certain risk," with the technology.

Added to a vehicle cost, for one thing, especially the more sophisticated versions that most for a motorist should be transparent. Manufacturers have to fight, ways found to reduce costs, but can create problems. BMW, for example, has was incorrect for start stop system on several models, such as the 3-series, due to its roughness and the starter-like cry, when the motor is raised again.

General Motors is a third-party, which is expected to rapidly expand the use of technology, the introduction to the updated 2014 his Chevrolet Malibu. The technology is a simpler and cheaper version of what already on several GM Hybrids, Chief Engineer on the Malibu program is available, although "There is no sacrifice in drivability", claimed Todd Pawlik.

American motorists are only beginning to see start-stop technology roll-out and on many models like the Porsche Panamera, she takes a switch to shut it down. But as rise and speedometer standards increasing the fuel costs, experts expect that it becoming nearly as commonplace the fuel in Europe runs high now so like $9 a gallon and stop-start already on 45 percent of the latest models is found.

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