What is Regenerative Braking

What is Regenerative Braking

What is regenerative braking in cars? Well, it’s not a form of wizardry. Here’s how it works.

What is Regenerative Braking?! Regenerative Braking Explained

In traditional car braking systems, the braking portion happens when the car’s brake pads produce friction to slow/ stop your vehicle. The shortcoming of this set-up, however, is that it wastes a lot of energy. So is there anything that can be done to overcome the inefficiency?


And that’s where regenerative braking comes in. 

Regenerative braking in cars works by:

  • Using an electric vehicle’s motor as a generator to convert lost kinetic energy (via tapping the brakes) into stored energy
  • Using that same stored energy to give your car a boost the next time it’s time to accelerate
  • Making electric vehicles less inefficient

Regenerative Braking Vehicles

Regenerative braking is offered on various electric vehicles. The reason why this technology is so compatible with an EV is because—as we alluded to above—electric motors are able to be repurposed into a type of generator.

This involves getting the motor to run backwards. Mechanically, once the motor is reversed, the electricity generated by the motor gets fed back into the batteries, where it can be used to accelerate the car again after it stops.

Additionally, since the EV re-charging process can become cumbersome, keeping EVs as efficient as possible through regenerative braking becomes a no brainer.

Regenerative Braking Hybrid

Regenerative braking in cars isn’t limited to just EVs.

The technology is also expected to be offered on forward-thinking vehicles like the upcoming group of Jeep Plug-In Hybrid.

Learn how plug-in hybrids and hybrids up the ante on conventional EVs here.

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