Stop-start technology, which cuts off engines when idling, could soon become the norm for all vehicles rolling off production lines across the world, nbcnews.com reports.
A new study by Navigant Research found that manufacturers are increasingly looking to include this technology on all future vehicles, not just those designed with efficiency in mind. As such, a feature which was once the sole preserve of hybrid and fuel-efficient cars could soon become the norm across the entire automotive industry.
It was estimated that over the eight years to 2022, the number of vehicles with stop-start technology would increase from 8.8 million to 55.4 million - or 530 per cent growth. If this estimate is accurate, it would account for more than half of all cars manufactured in 2022.
Not only this, researchers said their estimates were erring more on the conservative side, with Ford having already announced that 70 per cent of its cars manufactured for a US audience would be equipped with the feature by 2017. That year alone, sales are expected to top one million.
Perhaps most telling was the variety of vehicles which manufacturers said they expected to use the technology on over the coming years. These included everything from small runarounds to working vehicles and even high-performance luxury cars.
With cost savings for drivers estimated to be between two and five per cent, it may come as little surprise that stop-start technology is set for a much wider roll-out.
Explaining where potential issues may lie, senior analyst at Navigant Research, David Alexander, told fortmilltimes.com: "The challenge for automakers is to get the biggest efficiency benefits from the smallest cost increment."