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Regenerative braking

Source: TH

Context: Regenerative braking in electric vehicles is a system that converts kinetic energy from the wheels into a storable form of energy, increasing efficiency.

  • Traditional braking methods, such as disc and induction brakes, convert kinetic energy to heat.
  • In this system, the electric motor that propels the vehicle acts as a generator during braking, converting mechanical energy back to electrical energy, which is then stored in the vehicle’s battery.
  • While beneficial, regenerative braking has limitations, such as not being sufficient alone to stop a vehicle completely and reduced energy recovery at lower speeds.
  • Other methods of energy recovery include flywheels and compressed air systems.

Regenerative braking