Fuel efficient bikes have always been, an apple of eye for Indian bikers. SKF the component major, is gearing up with new technology, to give rise to bikes, which are more fuel efficient. The component manufacturer, has developed a stop-start technology for two-wheelers.
The new technology will grant lower CO2 emissions and enhance fuel economy. The fuel economy boost, is estimated at 6 to 10 percent. However, real-time riding conditions will be the determining factor.
SKF has confirmed that, the StopGo unit can be positioned on a wide range of bikes. The unit is said to be tailored made and can be assembled by OEMs, irrespective of the engine size. The technology in question, has matured with serious consultation from Mechatronics division of SKF France.
The StopGo unit function's as a fuel saver. The unit, shuts down the engine when it is idling for a long period of time. Such situations, mainly occur at traffic signals. The StopGo unit, is programmed with a predetermined time, after which it shuts down the engine, hence saving fuel.
The engine revs up once again, when the throttle is twisted. SKF for the moment, has tested out the StopGo technology in Bajaj Pulsar, TVS Apache and Hero Karizma. The big question is, whether SKF will develop the StopGo technology in entry level bikes, which do not sport an ECU? Drivespark, reckons the first line of two-wheelers, will be rolled-out with this technology by early next year.