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Ford to 'aggressively' roll out stop-start anti-idling technology
4 years ago

Ford to 'aggressively' roll out stop-start anti-idling technology
Michael Graham Richard
Transportation / Cars
November 25, 2013


I've been saying for years that all non-hybrid, non-electric vehicles should at least have stop-start anti-idling technology. We've had the technology to do it for a long time, fuel savings would more than pay for the upgrade, and air quality improvements in cities - where there is a lot of vehicles pointlessly idling at red lights and in traffic - would be significant.

And now, a Ford representative is saying that they are "going to be aggressive rolling [stop-start] out". About time! I hope other automakers will follow suit.

When a vehicle equipped with a start–stop system reaches a standstill, the engine automatically stops running and resumes again when a sensor detects the driver's foot is lifting off the brake pedal.

Nair said it would not be difficult to install the system on Ford's current car and light-truck models.

"It's not a major tear-up to do it," [Raj Nair, Ford's global product development chief] said in an interview here at the Los Angeles Auto Show. (source)

Right now, the Ford Fusion EcoBoost 1.6-liter (pictured above) is the only non-hybrid model available with stop-start. It's a $295 option, but the company estimates that it could save customers about $1,100 in fuel costs over 5 years (obviously, that depends on how much you drive, how much of it is in the city, etc).

Using Ford's number, that's $220 of savings per year. So the technology would pay for itself in a bit more than 1 year and then save you money for as long as the vehicle is on the road. Not even considering the environmental benefits, the financially sane thing to do is to get it.

4 years ago

a start....I think WE as a SOCIETY could do much more, but it seems whether its selfishness, laziness, or NIMBY attitude we don't.....amazes me the people I see idling while waiting for their children to get out of school or dance or just waiting and letting their car warm up while they remain in the house or building sometimes a long time...........thanks for the post, interesting article...

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