What are the advantages of regenerative braking?
First, regenerative braking improves a vehicle’s fuel economy and prolongs the charge of its battery. As an energy recovery mechanism, regenerative braking slows down a vehicle by converting its kinetic energy into a form that can either be immediately used or stored until needed for future use in reducing engine load when the vehicle accelerates again. In traditional systems, excess kinetic energy is converted to wasted heat due to friction caused by the brakes pressing against the moving wheels.
The energy captured by the regenerative braking system can be used to recharge the vehicle’s battery and allow it to enjoy a prolonged charge while driving–this is a significant benefit to EVs especially. Even for traditional gas-powered vehicles, regenerative braking can significantly improve fuel economy and in extension, range, for driving in city traffic and for times when frequent stops are made. With improved fuel economy comes savings on gas! Since there is also less friction generated, the braking system experiences less wear and the life of the brake pads is prolonged with the needs for replacements reduced.
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