SKF StopGo reduces CO2 emissions from motorcycles and mopeds
2012 May 08, 15:50 CEST
SKF today announced that the SKF StopGo, an SKF BeyondZero Portfolio product, reduces CO2 emissions by 5 g per kilometre. With an annual mileage of 7875 km, this equates to a reduction of 36 kg/ CO2 per year. If one million motorcycles were equipped with the SKF solution, the reduction would be 36,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. The results are based on a test of a motorcycles of the size 125-150CC used in Indian urban traffic over one year.
“The technology for SKF StopGo reaffirms our commitment towards providing sustainable solutions and helping our customers and end-users to reduce the carbon footprint,” says Harsha Kadam, SKF Automotive, Two Wheeler Business Unit Director. He adds, “This solution for the two wheeler segment shuts off the engine when the vehicle has stopped, for example at traffic lights. It restarts the engine when the throttle is turned on.”
SKF StopGo is a three-in-one integrated sensor-bearing system solution that performs a bearing function, speed sensing and stop-start function. The unit fits into the hub of the front wheel, like a standard bearing, and is connected by a plug-and-play connector to a mating connector attached to the engine stop-start electronics.
The design concept allows the SKF StopGo to be customized as a ready-to-fit unit which can be assembled quite easily for both OEMs and as a retrofit for a wide range of two wheelers models already on the road. The system can be applied to a wide variety of motorcycles, independent of engine size.
As well as sensing the speed for the stop-start function, SKF StopGo provides normal speed data for digital tachometers, which are becoming more preferred than analog systems in new two wheeler models. In addition, this new single-unit solution offers advantages of weight saving of up to 60% compared to many current separate mechanical components needed for the front wheel bearing and speed sensing.
Gothenburg, 08 May 2012
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