Just like in Europe, the United States is close to imposing new, stricter; emission standards and the automakers need to up their game to achieve them.
For Chrysler, the third ranked US automaker, the start/stop technology is one easy and cost effective way of stepping forward towards the new rules the federal authorities will impose beginning with 2017. The automaker needs such perks, as it generally fell a lot behind its rivals when it comes to hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles – although these are also problematic for GM and Ford (we could cite the incentive driven sales of the Chevy Volt or the fuel autonomy rating problems with Ford’s hybrids).
Starting with fall, Chrysler is offering to customers who opt on the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine for the Chrysler 200 and the 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine for the Jeep Cherokee, the start/stop technology would be offered at no additional cost.
“We’re taking highly efficient engines and upping the ante to further benefit our customers,” said Mike Duhaime, Chrysler’s global director of electric powertrains.
According to the company, the models equipped with the technology should get a mileage boost of around 3%, the same amount of green house gases the automaker expects to save from the introduction of the new system.