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A Ford Fiesta Hybrid Concept-Car Using the Valeo StARS Technology

    Paris, France (ots/PRNewswire) - Valeo's belt-driven starter-alternator reversible system (StARS, so called "belt-driven integrated starter-generator" at Ford) will be featured on a research project micro hybrid Ford Fiesta capable of improving fuel economy and exhaust emissions up to 10%.

    Making driving economical and environmental friendly

    In Start-Stop driving conditions, such as heavy traffic or at traffic lights, the engine switches off whenever the car is brought to a halt. An integrated system of sensors enables the engine instantly and silently to start again when the brake pedal is released or when the accelerator or clutch pedal is operated. The intelligent control strategy also ensures that the system does not operate during parking manoeuvres.

    An innovative regenerative braking system

    While stationary, all the car's electrical systems operate normally using stored electrical energy delivered by the regenerative braking  system developed in collaboration with Valeo.This allows the braking energy  to  be converted into electricity and stored in the battery in the engine  compartment. This electricity is generated requiring no fuel-expending power  from the engine to charge the battery. The regenerative braking system even  works on motorways when the driver lifts the accelerator pedal to slow down  gently.

    This new Fiesta which powertrain is a 1.4 litre 80 PS petrol engine coupled to a 5-Speed manual transmission could be in production by  2006.

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