‘Start-Stop’ Hybrids Hit the Road


By Charles Murray – Soon your car’s engine will automatically shut down at traffic lights and stop signs. It will turn off during heavy rush-hour driving. It may even shut down when you pull your foot off the accelerator and coast, possibly at speeds of up to 75mph.

US automakers have begun unveiling a new breed of start-stop-equipped vehicles. Ford, Chevy, Buick, Kia, and BMW will roll out the technology early in 2012.

“It’s going to start happening in 2012,” says Doug Patton, senior vice president of engineering for Denso International America, an automotive supplier introducing a family of starters. more> http://tinyurl.com/6s6tl99


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