No No No.....Originally posted by Smaart Aas Saabr@Jun 21 2004, 12:49 AM
I got a '89 Chevy 1500 pickup...
Shutting off your engine at stops a la Prius is not a very good move. If the car's motion is solely resting on the motor, shutting it off would have repercussions on instant unplanned acceleration (ie somebody's decided they would rather not have you around anymore ;>)
These engine shut-off situations have a 42Volt electric system and use an electric motor - a Hybrid system. The electric motor offers instant power and torque to move the vehicle and the gas engine will kick on immediately to provide added acceleration power. Also, the 42 volt system allows the steering, brakes, and accessories to still work when the Gas Engine is off.