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    Official: Bosch says new stop/start coasting hybrid tech can cut fuel use by 10%

    Turns out, your car's engine is useless about a third of the time when you're driving. Bosch is using that math to estimate that the newest generation of its stop-start system could cut a car's overall fuel use by about 10 percent. Most stop-start systems involved merely shutting off the engine ...

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    Report: Upcoming Honda minicar to feature stop-start technology, 59 mpg

    After a four-plus-year hiatus, Honda will resume production of minicars (a.k.a. Kei cars, vehicles with engine displacements of 660 cc or less) for Japan. Coming first for the Honda line-up is a yet-to-be unveiled wagon-type minivehicle that's scheduled to roll off the lines this ...

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    Johnson Controls to construct $100 million stop-start battery factory in China

    Johnson Controls announced Wednesday that it's investing $100 million to construct a stop-start automotive battery factory in China. The facility will supply global and local automakers in Asia and is expected to gear up for production in early 2013. Kim Metcalf-Kupres, vice president strategy, ...

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    Johnson Controls to nearly triple its investment in stop-start battery tech

    U.S. automotive supplier Johnson Controls says that, over the next two years, it will nearly triple its investment in two German facilities that manufacture batteries for vehicles equipped with stop-start technology. Alex Molinaroli, head of the Johnson Controls' automotive battery division, told ...

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    Use of stop-start technology to triple by 2016?

    Johnson Controls says that the number of vehicles equipped with micro-hybrid technology (a.k.a. stop-start or idle-stop) will at least triple within five years as automakers strive to develop vehicles with improved fuel efficiency. Globally, Johnson Controls figures, stop-start tech will be ...

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    Schaeffler develops seamless stop-start system for automatic transmissions

    German-based Schaeffler Group, a leading supplier of torque converters, says that it has developed an easily integrated stop-start system for vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions. According to Schaeffler, fitting a slushbox with stop-start tech is difficult because the torque converter ...

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    Pike predicts annual sales of 37 million stop-start vehicles by 2020

    Worldwide sales of vehicles equipped with stop-start technology (aka micro hybrids) will soar in the coming decade, rising from three million units in 2011 to 37.3 million units annually by 2020, according to Pike Research. At that level, stop-start technology will be standard equipment in more ...

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    PowerGenix unveils nickel-zinc battery for micro-hybrids

    PowerGenix, a manufacturer of rechargeable nickel-zinc (NiZn) batteries, has unveiled its first prototype power pack developed exclusively for the burgeoning micro-hybrid (aka stop-start or idle-stop) segment. PowerGenix claims that its NiZn batteries offer several advantages over the lead-acid ...

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    EPA still doesn't really get stop-start technology, and that means Americans don't, either

    Stop-start technology has been available on numerous European automobiles for some time, and, according to Hybrid Cars, the fuel-saving tech is projected to be offered on up to 42 percent of vehicles in the U.S. by 2016. However, there are virtually no incentives pushing automakers to equip ...

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    A123 zeros in on stop/start hybrids with 12V li-ion nanophosphate battery

    A123 Systems is looking to cash in on the emerging stop/start hybrid market with its 12V Nanophosphate lithium-ion battery. Compared to typical lead-acid AGM batteries, A123 says that its li-ion units offer enhanced charge acceptance, which reduces the load on the vehicle's alternator and engine, ...

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    Analyst: Sales of micro-hybrids to eclipse 34 million worldwide by 2015

    As has been predicted before, micro-hybrid technology (a.k.a. stop-start or idle-stop), will dominate the automotive industry within the next five years. This is according to a report from Lux Research, where senior analyst Jacob Grose is predicting that global sales of micro-hybrids will outpace ...

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    PSA Peugeot Citroën's e-HDi Start-Stop System will use Boostcap ultracapacitors

    Continental AG has teamed up with Maxwell Technologies to make their booster module more convenient and efficient. Called an E-booster, the new module is part of PSA Peugeot Citroën's mild-hybrid system, called e-HDI. Maxwell technologies is supplying their Boostcap ultracapacitors to ...

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    Citroen to offer optional e-HDi micro-hybrid system on diesel-powered DS4

    Citroën DS4 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Citroen previewed its new design language at this year's Geneva Motor Show and will apply those styling ques to its DS4 five-door hatch, which will debut at the Paris Motor Show in a few short weeks. Stylistically, the DS4 looks ...

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    Stop-start technology to reach 10M vehicles by 2015

    We've discussed the virtues of stop-start technology (aka micro hybrid) before and we've even touched on many of the upcoming models that are slated to receive this fuel-saving technology soon, but we never really expected that the stop-start system would become so widespread in application that ...

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    Valeo's second-gen stop-start technology coming to 1M diesel Peugeots, Citroëns by 2013

    With much of our discussions focusing on hybrid powertrains and the electric cars of tomorrow, we occasionally overlook some of the simpler, efficiency-boosting technologies available today. A prime example of this is the second-generation micro-hybrid stop-start technology from Valeo called ...

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    Idling vs. shutting the engine down: how many seconds make a difference?

    It's easy to calculate that a car with the engine running but not moving is getting zero mpg. New technologies allow some cars to take control of the on/off switch from the driver when stopped. Whatever their name - stop-start, micro hybrid - automatic systems that shut down a vehicle's engine when ...

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    Which cars in Europe have Stop & Start technology? These do

    Stop & Start technology, also known as mild hybrization, is a relatively simple technology that can easily reduce fuel consumption in vehicles. Regular readers already know how it works. Basically, in most instances, the engine shuts down instead of idling, for instance at traffic lights, and ...

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    Mahindra hopes micro hybrids make a dent in Indian sales

    Letting engines idle away needlessly while a vehicle is at rest is a practice that's definitely on its way out. Some refer to the technology that ends this behavior automatically as stop/start, while others prefer the term micro hybrid. Whatever the case, the underlining technology is the same. The ...

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    Micro hybrid drive (mhd) smart fortwo gets upgraded

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    The micro hybrid drive (mhd) smart fortwo (see previous post) has been upgraded. Oh, it's still micro, don't worry, but now the start-stop system will come standard on the 61hp and 71hp versions of the fortwo in the UK. Why is this a good thing? ...

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    Citron to launch new micro hybrid technology on diesel C3 Picasso

    Click above for more shots of the C3 Picasso
    Four years ago, Citroen started the whole stop/start trend when it introduced the technology on its C2 and C3 cars. Since then, many other automakers have picked up on the new green-tech, which shuts the engine off when it is not needed as opposed to ...


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