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What’s the Difference Between Friction and Regenerative Car Brakes?
Let’s take a closer look at conventional friction car brakes and how electric vehicles regain energy with regenerative brakes.
Conventional car brakes serve only one purpose—stopping the car. They are such an essential part of the car, yet hold a greater potential in energy efficiency, particularly in terms of regenerative braking.
Regenerative braking is not a new invention, as hybrid and electric cars currently use it to help recapture lost energy. The idea is simple: Recollect some of the energy lost in braking and convert it into electric energy for the large high capacity battery. The creation of energy when braking is where regenerative brakes differ from conventional brakes.