Start-Stop systems are beginning to trickle down and become more of a mainstay in modern powertrains, although, the most refined technologies stay reserved for some of the industry’s most luxurious of brands.
Cadillac will begin shipping out its 2016 CTS and 2016 ATS vehicles with a new start-stop technology incorporating ultra capacitors to augment battery power, which it says is an industry-first technology.
The ultra capacitors provide quick bursts of power for vehicles to operate when the vehicle is in the “stop” portion of the start-stop tech. Currently, vehicles run on regular battery power to keep accessories running while the car sits idled.
Adding the technology to start-stop systems can tremendously increase the life of the traditional battery, as it works less to keep essential functions running, according to Green Car Reports.
The technology has been developed by global supplier, Maxwell, which states General Motors will be the first to adopt the technology.