How Regenerative Braking Works

Regenerative braking is a system used on electric and hybrid vehicles that allows them to save more electricity so that they last longer. This allows them to use less fuel and ultimately go farther between stops at the pump.

Regenerative braking works using a pretty simple process. When a normal gas car engages the brakes, it turns the kinetic energy from the car moving forward into friction used to stop it, which then dissipates and is lost.

regenerative braking

regenerative braking

When automakers were trying to make vehicles more efficient and were integrating electric batteries into cars, they wanted a way to save that energy so that their cars would go farther distances. They came up with regenerative braking, which gathers up that kinetic energy and heat, turns it into electricity, and feeds it back into the battery.

This is why most hybrid and electric vehicles have better fuel economy ratings in cities than on highways, where it’s usually the other way around with gasoline cars. The more you brake, the more energy is created and funneled back into the battery. It doesn’t use electricity to brake because braking is a mechanical system, so when you brake in a hybrid or electric car you literally charge the battery.

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