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No word on when the aggressive roll out will begin

Many automakers are integrating start-stop technology into their non-hybrid vehicles in an attempt to improve fuel efficiency as much as possible. This technology allows the car to automatically turn the engine off when the vehicle is stopped at a light or parked for an extended period. When the driver steps on the gas, the engine automatically starts back up.
 
Since start-stop helps to improve overall fuel efficiency of a vehicle, Ford is looking to integrate the technology throughout its product portfolio.
 
"We're going to be aggressive rolling it out," said Raj Nair, Ford's global product development chief.


Ford's next generation Mustang is likely to have start-stop available at least as an option [Image Source: Car and Driver]
 
While Nair didn’t offer specifics on what vehicles would be the next to offer the technology, Ford's start-stop tech is expected to be offered on many of its vehicles, including the top selling F-150 truck. For now, the only non-hybrid vehicle in the Ford lineup with available start-stop is the 2013 Ford Fusion ($295 option).
 
Ford believes that the start-stop feature can save drivers $1,100 in fuel costs over five years.  By Ford's estimates, it would take over a year for drivers to save enough in fuel to offset the option's cost.
 
However, Nair says that the current purchase rate for the option is low because people don't yet understand the value/fuel savings it provides.

Source: AutoNews



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RE: OK I'll ask the question -
By marvdmartian on 11/25/2013 3:22:58 PM , Rating: 2
I see it being just a matter of time before someone offers a 3rd party hack of the system, that will allow drivers to disable it. Since everything is controlled through the car's computer these days, it shouldn't be too difficult.

My question, concerning the technology, is that they've been telling us for years that, unlike carburated cars that could save gas by shutting off the engine when sitting, it wasn't necessary for fuel injected vehicles, and wouldn't save any gas. Now they're saying it will? I mean, I understand that if the engine isn't running, it's not consuming gas, but what's the REAL savings, versus the extra wear and tear of the on/off cycle?

Also, I don't see this saving much during the hot summers in the southwestern states. Sorry, but the A/C is working full time, when it's 110 degrees outside, to keep my car cool. Shutting off the compressor is NOT an option!


RE: OK I'll ask the question -
By fic2 on 11/25/2013 5:07:23 PM , Rating: 2
It is very easy to disable - just don't buy that OPTION.


RE: OK I'll ask the question -
By futrtrubl on 11/26/2013 8:13:32 AM , Rating: 2
Or just push the button to dissable it. Or if that isn't permanent get your local service technician (or do it yourself) to turn it off in the cars computer.


RE: OK I'll ask the question -
By Spuke on 11/26/2013 3:36:32 PM , Rating: 2
Service techs can't turn this off. It takes a software hack to do it. BTW, in very hot and very cold temps, the system does not activate, at least not in my wife's car.


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