Technology | October 10 2017

Engine Stop-Start: Making saving fuel easier

As many parents of young children know, getting kids to save energy is not always easy. One popular strategy is regular reminders: “Turn off the lights,” “Turn off the TV if you’re not watching it,” even “Unplug your phone chargers.” Helping kids develop energy consciousness is challenging, but success is more likely by making it easier.

New technologies are also making it easier to be more eco-responsible at home and on the road.

Stop-start technology is one of many ways FCA helps drivers save energy, and it works without requiring big changes in anyone’s driving habits.

Here is how it works:

Engine stop-start technology saves fuel by shutting off your car’s engine when, for example, you’re sitting at a light or in heavy traffic. As soon as you take your foot off the brake, the engine immediately restarts and you’re on the move again.

Having this technology on your vehicle contributes to helping the environment by reducing emissions from an idling engine.

A variety of sensors and software help determine when the stop-start feature is active. Factors such as engine temperature, battery state of charge and cabin temperature are taken into account.

A more robust starter and battery help enable engine stop-start technology, due to the increased number of engine starts and providing power to run accessories during the brief stoppages.

Some critics argue that the fuel savings and emissions reductions from the brief stoppages is minimal. However, as the technology spreads to more vehicles, the total savings begin to add up.

With a willingness to get used to the brief stoppages with engine stop-start and zero effort on part of the driver, this new technology offers a great way to save a little money and help the environment.

It’s not unlike turning off the water when you brush your teeth. After all, a little savings can go a long way.