I found this article concerning start-stop technology for regular internal combustion engines (this article focuses on the new 2013 Ford Fusion), and states that the technology ought to see a 3.5% increase in fuel efficiency in the long run. The article also added that they expect drivers to save 10% in fuel consumption annually, and that over a 5 year period people will save $1100 in fuel costs. Overall, these claims doesn’t seem to add up to be all that much, all things considered. Still, a little more efficiency is better than no progress at all, I suppose.
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