Some of the technology that helps make hybrid vehicles so efficient will soon be making its way into non-hybrid cars as well. Ford has recently announced that Auto Start-Stop technology, which has been used in gasoline-electric hybrids since 2004, will be introduced in some conventional cars, crossovers and SUVs in North America starting in 2012. Auto Start-Stop automatically turns off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop, and then restarts it again when the vehicle is ready to move again.
Using Auto Start-Stop will increase fuel economy in city driving by at least 4 percent up to as much as 10 percent, depending on the particular vehicle size and usage. Auto Start-Stop also reduces all tailpipe emissions to zero when the vehicle is at a stop.
Ford is already making Auto Start-Stop available in Europe. According to Ford, "is standard on the ECOnetic models of the Ford Ka and Mondeo, and is launching now on Focus, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX." In North America, Auto Start-Stop will be available on hybrid models of the Escape and Fusion, as well as Lincoln MKZ.
written by Martin, December 29, 2010
written by Asaf Shalgi, January 01, 2011
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