Frank Klegon says that we should expect to see the incorporation of stop/start systems in a number of vehicles "pretty soon," according to
. They'd be marketed as "micro
" systems (showing that automakers will jump at absolutely
to be able to apply the term "hybrid" to a product). The so-called micro hybrids simply kill the engine when the car's stopped, and according to Chrysler, this can net drivers a 5% gain in
without their having to do anything. (Except spend some money. Cost per vehicle would be "several hundred dollars.") Klegon also notes that more mild hybrid systems and additional 2-Mode implementations are in the works, as well. What say you good readers? Would you pay $300 for a 5% gain in fuel economy?
[Source: Automotive News - sub req'd]