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Method and apparatus for selectively controlling the speed of an engine

United States Patent

February 27, 2001
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A control assembly 12 for use within a vehicle 10 having an engine 14 and which selectively controls the speed of the engine 14 in order to increase fuel efficiency and to effect relatively smooth starting and stopping of the engine. Particularly, in one embodiment, control assembly 12 cooperatively operates with a starter/alternator assembly 20 and is adapted for use with hybrid vehicles employing a start/stop powertrain assembly, wherein fuel efficiency is increased by selectively stopping engine operation when the vehicle has stopped.
Davis; Roy Inge (Saline, MI)
Ford Global Technologies, Inc. (Dearborn, MI)
09/ 339,260
June 24, 1999
This invention was made with Government support under Prime Contract No. DE-AC36-83CH10093, Subcontract No. ZCB-4-13032-02, awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.