Reducing fuel consumption is no easy task, especially when considering how heavily we rely on motorized transportation. Audi, however, has designed a new system that they claim will be able to cut fuel consumption by as much as 20% compared to the 2007 level.
At the heart of the plan is A Start-Stop system that will shut down the engine when stopped at red lights or stop signs. As the driver engages the clutch, the engine will restart and return to normal operation.
Along with the new Start-Stop Technology, Audi is also planning on including a system that recovers energy during deceleration and recycles it back into the electrical system. While the start stop technology will provide the most noticeable returns, both systems will work to improve the overall efficiency of the vehicle.
Both of the systems will also be sending data to a computer program that will provide the drive with near real time data about how efficiently they are driving as well as offering helpful tips they could use to further improve their driving habits. The system is also able to notify the driver when they have reached the ideal shift point for those who prefer using the 3rd pedal.
Audi plans on releasing the system first on the A3 with the 1.4 liter engine as well as the A4 and A5 housing a 2.0 liter powerplant under the hood. From there, they plan on expanding to cover most of the lineup.
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