According to Lux Research, over 8 million car engines will possibly feature stop-start systems in North America by 2017.
As per the reports, if the vehicles run 20 mpg with 12, 000 miles a year along with stop-start systems then one can save around $167 each year in fuel costs. In a statement, AAA Automotive Engineering and Repair director John Nielsen said while examining this technology that this feature is not a brand new technology, but the latest systems have received some improvements in past few years that bring a lot of changes. He added that this technology is only going to gain momentum as vehicle manufactures work to meet the more stringent Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards set for 2016.
The Lux Research further exposed that all the current hybrid cars in North America are loaded with stop-start feature. In fact, some of the high-end non-hybrids from the model year 2012 can also be found equipped with similar systems. The benefit of stop-start technology is that it turns off the car’s engine while the driver is stuck in traffic. This way, the driver does not have to manually turn the engine off. This automatically saves fuel and improves the fuel economy by up to 12 percent.