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Audi: Driving efficiently with new start-stop and energy recovery technologies

Audi technology
Audi will introduce some new cool features which will help you to drive more efficiently by using new start-stop and energy recovery technologies.

• Start-stop system available from the second quarter of 2009
• Energy recovery: Audi models recover electrical energy
• Modular efficiency platform with further innovative technologies

Audi is consistently pressing forward to improve fuel economy and CO2 emissions. Starting in the second quarter of 2009, the modular efficiency platform will benefit from additional new technologies: The on-board computer with the efficiency program and the start-stop system will raise the efficiency and convenience of the Audi models to a new level. By 2012 the fuel consumption of the Audi model range should drop by 20 percent.

Audi’s modular efficiency platform combines reduced consumption with great driveability and outstanding sportiness. And now Audi is bringing two additional efficiency technologies up to the starting line: the start-stop system and the on-board computer with efficiency program. These complement the energy recovery system, which already belongs to the standard specification of many Audi models and feeds energy back into the vehicle’s electrical system during deceleration phases.

The start-stop system realizes its efficiency potential especially in urban traffic, significantly reducing consumption while relieving the driver: The system shuts down the engine once the car has come to a stop, the gear lever stands at idle and the driver releases the clutch pedal. Operating the clutch then starts up the engine again. The start-stop system is extremely quiet, convenient to operate, and fast: The engine returns to idle speed while the driver is shifting gears.

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Source: Fourtitude