This is according to the Canadian Office of Energy Efficiency’s Idle-Free Zone & American Society of Mechanical Engineers “Our research showed a V6 restart takes about the same fuel as 5 seconds of idling.”
What’s also interesting is that:
– 10 minutes idling = $0.25.
– 60 minutes/day idling in traffic = $1.50.
Hybrid vehicles turn their engines off while idling. Imagine the impact of this in traffic. I’m not referring to cost, but emissions. The amount of pollution prevented would be astronomical….. to the chagrin of Big Gas Co 😉
In 2007, taxes in Canada represented, on average, 32% of the pump price. So while you sit in traffic the government collects as well.