Stop-Start Vehicles to Sell More in Coming Years

    December 30, 2013
    Sean Patterson
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Though hybrids and fully-electric vehicles are now gaining buzz and being predicted as up-and-coming growth markets for the automobile industry, another energy-saving technology will be rolling out to the market along with them.

Stop-start vehicles have systems implemented that cut a car’s engine when it is stopped, then re-start it instantly in time to move again. The technology saves fuel in the most straightforward way possible, and could lead to better fuel efficiency in the future.

Today market research firm Navigant Research set high predictions for stop-start vehicle technology, forecasting that stop-start vehicle sales will hit 55.4 million by the year 2022. That would represent a significant growth from the estimated 8.8 million stop-start vehicles that Navigant estimates were sold this year.

Though stop-start systems have obvious benefits for consumers, Navigant sees manufacturers readily adopting the technology as well. The technology is seen as a way for manufacturers to inexpensively increase their vehicles’ fuel efficiency by a significant amount. This means that stop-start technology could end up being one of the methods manufacturers use to meet more stringent government fuel efficiency ratings in the future. Other (possibly more expensive) fuel efficiency methods will also be coming to vehicles as they compete alongside battery-powered alternatives.

“The latest stop-start systems are beginning to adopt some of the features that were first developed for full hybrid vehicles, such as energy recovery through regenerative braking,” said David Alexander, senior research analyst at Navigant Research. “The challenge for automakers is to get the biggest efficiency benefits from the smallest cost increment.”

  • What?

    This is all bullshit. We could produce a car right now that could get 100 miles to the gallon or more.

    Are we really this dumb in this nation. We must be. I swear. People need to learn more about the patents the oil companies hold.

    • @What?

      Oh I agree. Didn’t they have that system that would allow a person to go 50 miles on fumes? If they can do that, they can make an engine that gets hundreds of miles to the gallon. I don’t think people understand just how many people have died suspiciously in the energy and oil industry. Many people have died when they were connected to projects that upset the oil companies. Research the energy industry and strange deaths. Want to die early? Develop something that can upset the energy industry. Hell, Tesla found that out.