Audi RS5 to Have Valeo’s Start-Stop Technology
German Luxury automaker Audi is working to introduce the Valeo’s “stop-and-start” micro-hybrid systems for the RS5 sports coupe. An increasing demand for the fuel-saving systems is likely to benefit the Paris-based Valeo as it looks to expand in the premium segment.
Valeo’s contract with the Volkswagen’s premium Audi division talks about the increased expenditure by the automakers to use efficient technological systems that reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
The difference between the traditional technology and the Valeo’s technology is that a typical Alternator converts the torque produced by the engine to electricity for powering the vehicle’s circuits and charging the battery; while the Valeo’s starter-alternator can restart the engine in less than a fraction of a second.
The Valeo system provides fuel savings for up to 15 percent by auto shutting down the engine when the car is halted due to traffic or red light. This helps in reduction of CO2 produced and polluting emissions in congested cities.
The i-StARS system was introduced in the 2004 and is the flagship product of Valeo’s propulsion system division, with up to 3 million units being sold.
With the tightening of emissions regarding emissions globally, the demand for the i-StARS system has been growing significantly. The company is expecting an increase of double-digit percentage in the sales rise.
Valeo and VW both declined to comment about this update.