German electronics firm Bosch predicts that by 2012, half of the new cars sold in Europe will have fuel-saving stop/start systems
It says around five percent of the new vehicles registered in Europe this year have the systems which reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to eight percent.
Bosch makes the system which stops the engine when the car is stationary and restarts it when the driver depresses the clutch pedal to select a gear. The starter motor is beefed up to cope with the far greater number of starts.
Latest to announce it is fitting a stop/start system is Fiat which will add one to 500s in 2009, initially in the 1200cc version which uses the Dualogic automated manual transmission. Kia is also fitting its European market C’eed with stop/start.
In New Zealand, the latest version of Mercedes-Benz’s Sprinter van has a stop/start system.