Micro-hybrid vehicles remain relatively unexplored in the automotive sector, but their time in the limelight may soon be due. More sophisticated than vehicles with simple start-stop systems, but less reliant on electric power than a mild hybrid vehicle, micro-hybrids are nevertheless a low-hanging fruit, potentially selling five million units by 2018. As Earthtechling writes, it's all about the batteries. Stop-start systems are perhaps the easiest fuel-saving systems to implement in a modern car, requiring little more than a beefed-up starter motor to ensure the car can handle the thousands...
Lead-Carbon Batteries The Next Step For 'Micro Hybrid' Vehicles?
There's a fairly good chance that, over the next decade or so, an increasing proportion of cars will use micro and mild hybrid technology. That means sourcing batteries with good energy density, lifespan and potential for recycling will become ever more important--and a battery consortium aims to...Antony Ingram
In 2015, One In Four U.S. Car Engines Will Stop When You Do -- On Purpose
According to a recent study by Pike Research, the fuel-saving technology which will be most prevalent in green cars by 2015 isn’t the current offering of hybrid drivetrains, fully electric cars or even hyper-efficient, four-cylinder engines, but stop-start technology. But will it really catch...Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
2011 Mazda2 Subcompact To Launch At Los Angeles Auto Show
We previewed the upcoming 2011 Mazda2 subcompact a couple of months ago, but now we have more details, along with photos of its updated styling. The five-door hatchback will be officially unveiled in early December, at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2011 Mazda Mazda2 will go on sale in the U.S. and...John Voelcker