Start-stop vehicles (SSVs, if you will) occupy the bottom rung of the electrification ladder, and theyâ€™re growing in importance as global OEMs search for ways to meet tightening emissions standards (anything other than selling EVs, it sometimes seems). Over 40 percent of new cars sold in Europe already incorporate start-stop technology.
A battery-based start-stop system is greatly improved by the addition of an ultracapacitor-enabled voltage stabilization system, which provides burst power needed to restart the engine, reducing high currents and repeated cycling that shorten battery life. The voltage stabilization control can deliver smoother starts, reduced engine vibration and a generally more seamless driving experience.
Ultracapacitor pioneer Maxwell Technologies (Nasdaq: MXWL) has announced that Continental Automotive Systemsâ€™ Maxwell-powered voltage stabilization system will be a standard feature on some of the 2016 Cadillac ATS and CTS sedans and ATS coupes.
â€œPerformance has always been important to car owners, and Maxwellâ€™s ultracapacitors enable consumers to get the fuel economy they desire without limiting their carsâ€™ performance,â€ said Maxwell CEO Dr. Franz Fink. â€œGMâ€™s selection of Continentalâ€™s Maxwell-powered VSS is a further affirmation of our ultracapacitor capability for varying applications as the automotive industry continues down its path of vehicle electrification.â€