Ford promises tech will improve fuel economy by up to 10%
Ford, like all other automakers is looking for any technology it can lay hands on to get fuel efficiency of its vehicles into the range needed to meet looming CAFÉ regulations. Ford is looking to automatic engine start/stop technology as a way to improve fuel efficiency. This technology turns the engine of the car off automatically at stoplights and stop signs, and then turns the engine back on when the car starts to move again.
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Ford says that 70% of its line will have start/stop technology built in by 2017. Ford says that the Start/Stop technology is inexpensive and can save increase fuel efficiency by 10% in city driving.
“Simply put, Auto Start-Stop helps customers use less fuel, which is an important component of Ford’s Blueprint for Sustainability,” said Bob Fascetti, vice president, Ford global powertrain. “By making Auto Start-Stop available on more vehicles, we are working to be part of the solution to environmental sustainability with effective, fuel-saving technologies.”
An advanced battery inside the car continues to power vehicle systems when the start/stop tech turns off the engine. The engine starts instantly when the brake pedal is released. The average driver will see fuel economy improvement of 3.5% according to Ford with those that spend lots of time in traffic seeing improvements as high as 10%.