‘Stop-Start’ Technology Predicted to Soar


The Detroit Bureau - August 13, 2012

A new study by Lux Research esti­mates “stop-start” will be offered on 8 mil­lion vehi­cles sold in the U.S. by 2017.

With sig­nif­i­cant advances, read why man­u­fac­tur­ers are anx­ious to get on board.

The EPA recently began giv­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers credit for offer­ing stop-start and with fuel econ­omy now the sin­gle biggest con­cern for Amer­i­can car buy­ers you can expect to see it show up in more and more new mod­els over the next few years.

Sev­eral stud­ies have indi­cated that shut­ting the engine off for as lit­tle as 30 sec­onds will save a mea­sur­able amount of gas.  But dri­vers typ­i­cally avoid that advice, espe­cially if they’re stopped only briefly.  Stop-start does it for them.  And AAA esti­mates the tech­nol­ogy can improve a vehicle’s fuel econ­omy by as much as 12%.