Ford’s advanced start/stop technology is an engineering marvel. Currently used in the Ford Fusion hybrid and Ford Escape hybrid, as well as select European Ford models, the system can boost city fuel-efficiency numbers by 4 to 10 percent by automatically shutting off the engine when a vehicle stops, then seamlessly restarting it when the driver removes his/her foot from the brake pedal. The setup requires no change in driving patterns, and it’s so well-integrated into the Ford’s products that you might not even realize it was there—until you check your mileage. And now, it’s going to be “there” in even more Ford vehicles: According to Atlanta Ford Dealerships, the company recently announced it would begin rolling out the technology to traditionally powered Fords in the U.S. beginning in 2012.
“For the driver, Ford Auto Start-Stop provides extra fuel efficiency without inconvenience, as it works completely automatically,” said Barb Samardzich, Ford vice president of Powertrain Engineering. “And, just like in our hybrid vehicles, the heater and air conditioner work as normal so drivers will not sacrifice comfort.”
According to Ford Dealers GA, customer comfort was a high priority for engineers working on the stop/start system, as evidenced by development of a special electric pump that circulates engine coolant through the heater, helping customers keep warm in winter climes. Also part of the package will be tell-tales like a dashboard light and special tachometer, both of which can alert the driver when the engine is off.
Implementing this new technology throughout its lineup is a logical next step for Ford, which has assumed a prominent international leadership role in fuel efficiency. In addition to its stop/start system, notable for garnering more than 240 patents worldwide, the company also has introduced affordable fuel-economy technologies like advanced electric power steering, its PowerShift dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission and the breakthrough direct-injection EcoBoost engine.
Clovis Ford Dealers say its yet another example of Ford’s commitment to be among the leaders in fuel economy in every segment of the auto industry in which it competes.