Start-Stop Technology and the Future of Eco Driving

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With Start-Stop in 1 in 6 cars you see on our Australian roads, we sat down with our resident Battery Expert, Anthony, to answer the most commonly asked questions regarding eco driving and start-stop technology.

So, Anthony. What is eco driving and why is it important?

Eco driving originated to reduce green house gas emissions through fuel consumption.

Are you talking about start-stop vehicles?

Yes, another word for it is idle start-stop or ISS. You’ll find it in 1 out of 6 cars on our roads today, including: Mazda, Toyota, Ford, Porsche, Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagen, & many more.

So, what are the benefits of start-stop AGM batteries

They provide excellent cold start and low state of charge cranking performance – Cycle stability, in other words being able to be drained repeatedly without affecting its reliability.

It’s ability to be stable during its cycling makes it last longer?

Absolutely, up to 3 times longer than a standard lead acid battery.

So, what’s an example of how start batteries make a difference?

Today’s modern vehicles have over 150 more sensors and computers that require constant power compared to vehicles 15 years ago.

That’s so true, I rely on my rear sensors, auto adjust side view mirrors, windscreen wipers to start when it rains, my bum warmer on cold days, phone chargers x 5 for the family… Jeez it all adds up!

It does. The battery is no longer for just starting your car. It enables the safety functions including your rear and front sensors, camera, braking, communications & information systems to operate.

So, for all vehicles is it a better battery in terms of safety and performance?

Yes, while AGM ISS Batteries are a necessity in vehicles fitted with AGM, they can also be fitted in conventional vehicles to improve performance and provide longer life giving you more bang for your buck.

Make sure you choose the battery to fit your vehicle needs. Federal Batteries have a complete range of VARTA start-stop batteries available. Use our fitment guide to find the right battery for your vehicle. To find a VARTA stockist near you go to our stockist page, or to become a stockist call 1300 133 980.