Stop/Start technology will more than triple in five years as automakers worldwide seek better fuel efficiency. This function allows a car’s engine to shut off when the vehicle is at rest, for example, at a stop light, and the engine restarts when the gas pedal is pressed.
With the engine turned off for short amounts of time like at stop lights, 5 percent to 12 percent of fuel and polluting emissions in conventional gasoline powered vehicles aresaved.
Stop-start technology will be used in 52 percent to 55 percent of new vehicles in 2016, up 8 percent from 2010, according to Johnson Controls analysts. U.S auto parts suppliers expect nearly 25 million vehicles will be built with the advanced batteries allowing start-stop in 2016, up from 7 million vehicles in 2011, also according to Johnson Controls analysts.
Johnson Controls Inc (also known as JCI) power solutions president, Alex Molinaroli, stated that overall start-stop sales will be 35 million within five years.
Companies like Toyota have been working on this technology since the 1970s and when tested, found a 10 percent improvement in fuel efficiency when the test car drove around Tokyo, thirty five years ago.
JCI also announed on Monday that the compnay would spend $138.5 million to convert its battery plant near Toledo in northwest Ohio. The company expects production to to begin on start-stop batteries in spring 2012.