Ford making start-stop standard on all EcoBoost-equipped F-150 pickups

Ford F-150 Raptor with auto start-stop technology

As automakers introduce a new generation of pure EVs, electrification is simultaneously creeping into legacy vehicles through the back door of start-stop systems, which often depend on lithium-ion batteries and/or supercapacitors, and are sometimes described (in hushed tones) as mild hybrid technology.

Now Ford has announced that it will make start-stop capability standard across its entire 2017 lineup of EcoBoost-equipped F-150 pickups.

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Ford’s Auto Start-Stop system, which is specially tuned for trucks, shuts off the engine when the vehicle stops (except when towing or in four-wheel-drive mode), and quickly restarts the engine when the brake is released.

At the rate EcoBoost is growing, says Ford, fuel-saving Auto Start-Stop could soon represent more than 60% of its truck lineup.

 

Source: Ford