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New Audi Technology Could Reduce Fuel Consumption By 20%

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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George Delozier
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Comments
Jun 8, 2009
by Anonymous

System problems?

System for some reason DOES NOT RESTART ENGINE after stop & driver hitting Gas to GO.

Otherwise Ideal, Unique.

Very scary IF in heavy traffic esp CA freeways.

Test it in Audi rental models to the Public alone.
& in local TV
& Speed TV
& Travel Channel
PBS TV.

Jun 11, 2009
by JDoors
JDoors's picture

"New?"

How is this "new" technology?

New to non-hybrid cars, maybe, but it's not like Audi invented this.