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AddMazda To Roll Out i-ELOOP Capacitor Regenerative Braking System In 2012

Earlier this year at the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco, when speculating as to the next game-changing EV technology, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said, "If I were to make a prediction, I'd think there's a good chance that it is not batteries, but super-capacitors." If that was a giveaway to what Tesla has coming down the road, then it looks like Mazda may have beat them to the punch. Or, at least taken a step in that direction.

AddWatch This: GE visualizes wasted energy

Force = mass x acceleration. If you think back to freshman physics, that's the basic formula that determines how much energy is being exerted on an object when it's struck by something in motion. Catch a baseball and you can feel the force striking the palm of your hand. That pain is wasted energy, and in the world of hybrids – from cars to trains – it's energy that could be harnessed, saved and deployed later on. That's what GE is trying to demonstrate with the video below, calculat

57EVTV questions whether regenerative braking is worth the bother

We've discussed regenerative braking quite a bit here on AutoblogGreen – the process of capturing energy during deceleration and storing it for future use – and pretty much every electric vehicle with an AC motor utilizes it. And why not? On paper, putting energy back into your batteries should extend your driving range. But what if it didn't? Would it be worth the expense or hassle?

44Say what? Plug-in Prius can't charge additional battery packs on the fly

2010 Plug-in Prius Prototypes – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddF1 teams consider bringing back KERS for 2011

BMW Sauber F1.09 – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddVideo: Ferrari does the hybrid thing

Ferrari HY-KERS – Click above to watch the video after the jump

AddGreenlings: How do hybrids and electric vehicles blend regenerative and friction braking?

How do hybrids and electric vehicles blend regenerative and friction braking?

AddOfficially, Official: Toyota recalls 2010 Prius and HS250h for ABS fix

2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddReport: Japanese government orders investigation of 3rd gen Prius brakes

2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddSome 3rd-gen Prius owners complaining about brakes; here's what might be happening

2010 Toyota Prius - Click above for high-res image gallery

AddRicardo's HyBoost tries to refine ICE to emit 30-40% fewer CO2 emissions

While the search for alternatives to the internal combustion engine continues at labs across the world, work hasn't stopped on those traditional powerplants. Auto parts supplier Ricardo, for example, had just announced its HyBoost project, which aims to reduce the CO2 emissions of a " cost-effective, ultra-efficient gasoline engine in a C-segment passenger car" by something like 30-40 percent. That's pretty impressive, and will take not only Ricardo's resources but also that of the company's par

AddBMW's "Brake Energy Regeneration" technology

Autospies says that they've gotten their hands on the first picture of "BMW regenerative brake technology in action on a USA model" (a 550i GT). Well, we're interested in the technology, but something about the Celsius temperature gauge and the kilometer label tells us that maybe this is a Eurospec dash. Whatever the case, one nifty feature of the way BMW's system works is that the alternator disengages until the vehicle slows down. This way, efficiency is increased because the freewheeling alte

AddWhat is regenerative braking?

Ah, fire. One of humanity's oldest ways to generate energy. Technically, you could generate energy by burning brake pads, as seen in the picture above (thanks, Flickr!), but automotive engineers have managed to come up with a way to use brakes to generate energy without going up in flames. The technology is called regenerative braking and it's the subject of this week's Greenlings.

AddMercedes-Benz A and B-Class cars to get stop/start

Click above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

AddGreg Solberg, Tesla Motors firmware engineer, on braking regen

Tesla Motors has just updated their blog, this time with a post from Greg Solberg, who is Tesla Motors Firmware Engineer. The post is all about regenerative braking. Just like most of the other posts at the Tesla Motors blog, this one is quite informative and offers us all a glimpse into just what it takes to get a vehicle from the drawing board to customer hands on the road.

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