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Ford will offer buyers of its 2013 Fusion model the option to purchase a gas-saving feature that would shut off the car's engine when idling.
Demand for hybrid vehicles may be on the rise, but Ford is hoping to cater its 2013 Fusion model to customers eager for savings at the pump but not quite ready to give up a traditional gasoline-powered engine.
For an additional cost of $295, customers can purchase an automatic stop-start system with their 2013 Fusion, which enables the car to automatically shut off the engine when the car is idling. It will be the first non-hybrid U.S. car to offer the feature.
According to the automaker, people who tend to drive in areas with high congestion could see their fuel efficiency improve by unto 10 percent. On average, Ford said, drivers see a 3.5 percent efficiency boost with the technology. Though popular in Europe, American drivers have historically been more worried about wearing out their cars' starters than saving on gas, according to the Wall Street Journal. But with the steadily increasing price of gas, American drivers' priorities may be changing.
“We expect the average Fusion driver with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine and auto start-stop will save about $1,100 more than other midsize sedan owners during five years of driving,” said Samantha Hoyt, marketing manager for the Ford Fusion.
According to a study by the U.S. Treasury, American drivers burned an estimated 1.9 billion gallons of gas in 2011 as a result of traffic congestion.
The 2013 Ford Fusion hits the market this fall. Consumers will be able to choose from standard, hybrid or plug-in-hybrid varieties.
via [Wall Street Journal]
Apr 4, 2012
and that is why we shouold be moving to all electirc drive with onboard power generation range extender (ICE or turbine driven) and change all the accessories to electirc type.
Unless you idle for more than a minute, you're not really saving gasoline. What's more, there are other issues. Air conditioning, heater, radio, turn signals,etc, all use electricity, not to mention the current draw of the starter, and that a hot engine recently shut off may be harder to start in some cases. Let's hope you have a massive battery in that car. The amount of gas saved by not idling 35 seconds at a red light may not be worth the expense of extra battery capability or more frequent replacement. You may actually use more gasoline if you idle for short periods of time. Saving 10% sounds like a pipe dream. You will save a few drops.
I think what Ford is doing is fantastic. Their 2013 Fusion Hybrid is reportedly going to get 47 MPG city and 44 Highway. That is jaw-dropping efficiency for a sedan of its size. Alan Mullaly has steered Ford (no pun intended) in the right direction and continues to build on its recent success. The engineers at Ford should be commended for their efforts to save consumers gas and provide another example of American ingenuity.
The engine only stops if it has reached running temp and the AC has brought the cabin to the desired temperature. Other power loads can rely on battery like they have always done. Back to topic: As a European, I am surprised this feature is considered newsworthy. The whole BMW range and most of giant VW have it, and the same can probably be said of many others (haven't done the research). There is so much you Americans can do to improve the efficiency of your great country!
Are aftermarket start-stop devices available? We have some very slow sequencing traffic lights in this neck of the woods, and an aftermarket device would help.