Micro Hybrid vehicles have many great benefits, which the Europeans are already taking advantage of (they are way ahead of us):
1. Micro hybrids increase gas mileage by about 3-8%.
2. Automatic Start-Stop Technology: this feature shuts down the car’s engine whenever it stops, and starts up again whenever it goes. This helps save energy since cars spend a third of the time stopping when being used.
It is interesting that you mention that micro hybrids are popular in Europe because there is no really clear reason why. This kind of technology is very difficult to incorporate into diesel engines, which is what most of Europe uses.
So to answer your question, there is no sure answer why they are more popular in Europe right now. Perhaps, Europe is just ahead of us “trend-wise”.
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