Opportunistic Air Conditioning
Opportunistic Air Conditioning would do automatically what I often did as a hypermiler in my manual-transmission car; when coming to a stop, keep car in-gear, downshift, and transfer more kinetic energy into AC compressor. An "ECO" mode for AC could be created that would have a more aggressive setpoint for kicking the compressor in when the vehicle is decelerating, coupled to the transmission controller for increasing RPM & energy transfer to the compressor. Getting it well-chilled when coming to a stop could allow an auto start/stop system to shut the engine off for a bit and still allow a low fan setting.
By: Erik S.
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David G What if your're cruising on the highway and don't some to a stop? My 10+yr old vehicle also has an auto and an eco mode on its AC.
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