What is Start-Stop Technology?
Whether you drive an economy car, a pickup truck or a performance coupe, achieving better fuel efficiency is something we’d all like to do, even if it is for no other reason than to save money. While there are communities of “hypermilers” out there who take efficient driving to another level, Mercedes-Benz offers a simpler solution to saving fuel through Start-Stop Technology, which is a standard feature on most new Mercedes-Benz models, and even many AMG performance cars.
While the increase in fuel efficiency is all that really matters to you as drivers, we’ll take a little time to answer the question, “What is Start-Stop Technology?” so you can get a feel for how your Mercedes-Benz is saving you money on fuel while maintaining elite performance.
In short, Start-Stop technology in Mercedes-Benz vehicles automatically shuts off the engine when it’s not needed. For instance, when you’re sitting at a red light or waiting for a train to cross, the engine will shut off so it is no longer consuming fuel and releasing emissions. Of course, when that red light turns green or the train finishes crossing and you tap the accelerator, the engine instantly starts, allowing you to proceed driving without any hesitation.
The Start-Stop feature is only active when Eco mode is activated. The Eco button can usually be found on the center console controller. It defaults to “On” and you can verify it’s active if the Eco light in your gauge cluster. If that light is yellow, it means one of the required activation conditions aren’t met. For example, if the engine isn’t fully warmed up, your battery charge is low, your AC is on full blast, or you’re stopped on an incline, the Eco Start-Stop feature may temporarily deactivate, meaning your engine will continue running when you come to a stop.
As a standard feature on new models like the Mercedes-Benz GLA, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and even certain AMG vehicles, the Start-Stop technology feature is a great way to save on fuel costs without sacrificing performance.