Volvo Penta of the Americas announced the introduction of automatic start/stop as an option for its industrial diesel engines. The company estimates the function can achieve fuel savings of five percent or more by switching the engine off when idling.
“Fuel consumption is by far the biggest cost for operators of industrial equipment in areas such as material handling, construction and mining,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta Region Americas. “When fuel can represent up to 90 percent of the machine’s lifetime operating costs, a reduction of up to five percent in fuel consumption is extremely valuable.”
The automatic start/stop function works in the same manner as in a private car. When the machine’s engine is idling, it turns itself off after a pre-set time, usually 5 to 10 seconds. When the driver activates any of the machine’s controls, the engine starts immediately, and the work can continue. The optional start/stop capability can be deactivated or reactivated as needed.
In addition to reducing operational costs through lower fuel consumption, automatic start/stop improves the environment by lowering emissions to the surrounding air. And since a stopped engine is a quiet engine, it also means reduced noise levels, which benefit the surroundings and all the people working at the site.
“The introduction of automatic start/stop is part of our ongoing efforts to improve our engines’ fuel efficiency and reduce emissions, while at the same time optimizing performance and minimizing downtime on the job," Huibers said.