Ford is taking the time to trumpet technology that's let drivers go further by stopping gradually. Specifically, the Blue Oval says the various versions of its regenerative braking systems have generated enough energy to offset the use of 100 million gallons of fuel, Wards Auto writes.

Ford's first production car with regenerative braking was the 2004 Escape Hybrid, but regen brakes have been used on various Fords for decades. Trial versions of the feature, which captures kinetic energy generated from slowing down and saves it in the vehicle's battery, dates back to the 1990s with Ford's limited production Ranger and Ecostar (pictured) electric vehicles.

Ford's spent the past couple of decades cutting weight off of those systems while boosting their efficiency. The automaker now says that it can recapture as much as 95 percent of the braking process' kinetic energy, though stresses that a driver who brakes slow and steady will let the system store a lot more energy than one that tends to slam on that left pedal.


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      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      The C-Max Energi claims to get about 10%-15% of it's EV miles from regen around town.
      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bla bla bla
      Reggie
      • 1 Year Ago
      I remember Ford Escort/Orion/Fiesta 1.6 diesel that all returned the same 65 MPG on the highway back in 1985 saved loads of fuel at the time. Ford are still saving massive amounts in fuel by downsizing the engines in their cars Old Ford Escape 3.0 v6 engine has gone, the new Escape has a 1.6 engine for the first time. Old Mondeo 2.5 has gone its downsizing to a 3 pot 1.0 Ecoboost. Engine technology diesel engines & and engine downsizing turbo charging small gasoline engine has brought the biggest massive savings in fuel compsumption.
      Ele Truk
      • 1 Year Ago
      My 2005 Escape Hybrid gets 36MPG in stop and go driving on the freeway. The same section of road traveled at speed gets 28MPG. Regenerative braking, and turning the motor off definitely saves gas, but 100 million gallons? How many Ford hybrids are on the road?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ele Truk
        Ford sells vehicles the world over.
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