EcoStart FAQ

What is VOYO with EcoStart?   EcoStart is an aftermarket Start/Stop system running on the VOYO platform that is fully compliant with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

EcoStart is unique in that it is the only

– aftermarket, plug and play, Start/Stop system

– system that allows the driver to shut off the engine using the foot brake.

How is EcoStart different from Start/Stop sold in new cars? In Start/Stop systems sold by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), the car shuts off the engine after a 2-3 second stop.  Drivers often find this method disruptive particularly for short stops encountered in stop and go traffic.  EcoStart gives control of the engine to the driver using a very simple method of pressing and releasing the foot brake of a stopped vehicle.

How fast does EcoStart restart the engine? An EcoStart is typically faster than a normal key start by approximately 20%.

Does EcoStart stop and restart the engine while the car remains in drive? Yes – stopping and restarting the engine happens while the transmission is in drive.  No shifting to Park or Neutral is required.

How does EcoStart affect the rest of my car? EcoStart is designed to minimize wear on most automotive components and will significantly reduce wear caused by idling on some of the most expensive parts of the engine.  The system uses Smart Control algorithms that only allow Start/Stop to occur under optimal operating conditions.

Starter Motor: Warm engines start much faster than a cold one significantly reducing the amount of work done by the starter motor.  VOYO requires an engine temperature of 60 degrees centigrade (140 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher for a Start/Stop cycle to be permitted.  Modern starter motors are rated for 50,000 cold starts which is equivalent to 150,000 warm EcoStarts. This figure translates to re-starting your engine 30 times a day for 14 years by which time an engine rebuild is often required or the vehicle is likely to be retired anyway.

Battery: VOYO monitors electrical power usage and battery levels.  It will only allow EcoStart to operate when the battery is fully recharged after a Start/Stop cycle. Full recharge is typically accomplished within 15-30 seconds after the engine is restarted. By preventing deep discharge, the battery duty cycle and life is not decreased.

Ignition System: An idling engine isn’t working at its peak operating temperature, and fuel doesn’t undergo complete combustion. This condition leaves fuel residues that can contaminate engine oil and damage engine parts. For example, fuel residues tend to deposit on spark plugs. As the amount of engine idling increases, the plugs’ average temperature drops, and they get dirty more quickly which can increase fuel consumption by 4-5%.

Exhaust System: Excessive idling can let water condense in the vehicle’s exhaust resulting in corrosion and reducing the life of the system.

Expensive Engine Components: By shutting off the engine instead of allowing it to idle, EcoStart also reduces the wear on core, expensive engine components including the cylinder head, crankshaft, camshaft, and fuel pump; as well as associated components that are operating inefficiently at idle, such as the torque converter and catalytic converter.

Why is idling so hard on an engine? Engines operate most efficiently at relatively high RPM and engine load as experienced in moderate acceleration. In contrast, an engine idles at very low RPM, and low engine load, and therefore in a very inefficient operation state. Because an idling engine isn’t working at its peak operating temperature, fuel doesn’t undergo complete combustion. This leaves fuel residues that can contaminate engine oil and damage engine parts.

Will VOYO affect my car’s warranty? VOYO is compliant with federal law relating to aftermarket products and does not void the vehicle warranty.