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Volvo Penta Offers Start/Stop Option

Posted on March 26, 2013

Volvo Penta of the Americas has introduced an automatic start/stop as an option on its industrial diesel engines. The company estimated the function can achieve fuel savings of 5% or more by switching the engine off when idling.

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. The optional start/stop capability can be deactivated or reactivated as needed.

“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% of the machine’s lifetime operating costs, a reduction of up to 5% in fuel consumption is extremely valuable.”

In addition to reducing operational costs through lower fuel consumption, the automatic start/stop function improves the environment by lowering emissions and also reduces noise levels, said the company.

Watch Diesel Progress for more information about Volvo Penta's new industrial engines.