According to Dr Bernd Bohr, chairman of automotive component company Bosch, 20% of all new cars sold by 2015 will have the new start-stop technology. The technology turns off the engine when the car comes to a stop at stoplights or in traffic. This new technology will reduce emissions and increase the fuel-economy of vehicles equipped with the technology.
Bosch created the new start-stop system for the BMW 1-Series, which is the first application in a luxury vehicle.
The technology is expected to become increasingly popular in the coming years as more automakers use it on their vehicles.
MINI has also announced that all MINIs produced after August of this year will have the technology at no extra cost to the customer. Smart ForTwo will also have similar technology at the end of the year as well.
The technology turns off the engine when the car comes to a standstill and turns it back on once the clutch or accelerator is depressed. The system will improve the fuel-economy of vehicles that are used primarily in cities where there is a lot of traffic. Emissions are also reduced by about 8%.