Automatic Start/Stop helps diesel engines conserve fuel.

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Automatic start/stop option for Volvo Penta industrial diesel engines can achieve fuel savings of 5% or more by switching engine off when idling and consequently helps reduce emissions and noise. When machine's engine idles, this option turns engine off after pre-set time (usually 5–10 sec). Engine starts immediately when driver activates any of machine's controls, and work can continue. Start/stop capability can be deactivated or reactivated as needed.

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Volvo Penta Introduces Fuel-Saving Automatic Start/Stop Option for Industrial Engines

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Volvo Penta of the Americas today announced the introduction of automatic start/stop as an option for its industrial diesel engines. The company estimates the function can achieve fuel savings of five percent or more by switching the engine off when idling.

“Automatic start/stop is becoming increasingly common in private cars, switching off the engine to save fuel at stop lights or when idling in a queue,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta Region Americas. “Volvo Penta is now offering the same functionality for industrial engines.”

“Fuel consumption is by far the biggest cost for operators of industrial equipment in areas such as material handling, construction and mining,” Huibers continued. “When fuel can represent up to 90 percent of the machine’s lifetime operating costs, a reduction of up to five percent in fuel consumption is extremely valuable.”

The automatic start/stop function works in the same manner as in a private car. When the machine’s engine is idling, it turns itself off after a pre-set time, usually 5-10 seconds. When the driver activates any of the machine’s controls, the engine starts immediately, and the work can continue. The optional start/stop capability can be deactivated or reactivated as needed.

In addition to reducing operational costs through lower fuel consumption, automatic start/stop improves the environment by lowering emissions to the surrounding air. And since a stopped engine is a quiet engine, it also means reduced noise levels, which benefit the surroundings and all the people working at the site.

“Improving the environment is one of the core values of Volvo Penta,” said Huibers. “The introduction of automatic start/stop is part of our ongoing efforts to improve our engines’ fuel efficiency and reduce emissions, while at the same time optimizing performance and minimizing downtime on the job.”

For further information, please contact:

Lindsy Shrewsberry

Volvo Penta of the Americas

Phone: +1 (757) 436 2800


Volvo Penta, with approximately 4,000 dealers in more than 130 countries, is a global manufacturer of engines for leisure boats and commercial vessels as well as industrial applications. The engine program includes diesel and gasoline engines with power outputs between 10 and 900 hp. Volvo Penta is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world´s leading manufacturers of heavy trucks, buses and construction equipment.

Volvo Penta of the Americas

1300 Volvo Penta Drive

Chesapeake, Virginia 23320


Telephone +1 757 436 2800



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