Electric vehicles use a completely different type of braking system than traditional gas vehicles called regenerative braking. The concept of regenerative braking has been around since the 1800’s but only in recent decades have we seen the concept be brought to life in nearly every electric and hybrid car available on the market.

What is Regenerative Braking?

Bearing in mind the fact that energy cannot be created or destroyed, electric cars work to convert the existing kinetic energy generated from braking into usable energy to power and recharge the vehicle’s battery. The motor of the vehicle works like a reverse generator and stores the energy until it’s next needed to accelerate.

Removing ones foot from the gas pedal will initiate the regenerative braking process. Passengers often feel as though the driver is actively braking due to how rapidly the car slows once the gas pedal has been released.

Pros

Fuel Economy – The battery recharging involved with regenerative braking allows the vehicle to use more recycled energy rather than more fuel.

Wear and Tear – The greater efficiency given to the braking allows for a reduced level of wear on the brakes of the vehicle.

Battery Charging – This type of braking works to recharge the batteries of the vehicle while on the road so you don’t have to charge as often.

Energy Conservation – Conserving energy, especially while driving, is a fantastic way to lower your overall carbon footprint and promote a cleaner and healthier environment.

Cons

Driving Experience – Experiencing a vehicle brake this way will feel very different to those used to driving traditional vehicles. Some also describe the brake pedal as feeling softer than normal.

Cost – Although hybrid and fully electric cars are becoming more affordable, they still tend to be more expensive to purchase than traditional gasoline cars. The cost of maintenance on these brakes when they do eventually need a service can also be costly.

Final Thoughts

Overall the pros of a regenerative braking system outweigh the cons as it can offer drivers new and valuable benefits and cost-savings opportunities. For auto repairs and brake services based on integrity, safety, and security head to H.W. Automotive Inc. in Del City, OK.