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Students at MIT have created a new set of shocks, called GenShock, that generate electricity as they smooth out the vehicle's ride. We first heard of such a system from MIT in late 2007; now the team has apparently refined the shocks to the point that major automakers have taken notice. The biggest group that's looking into the technology, though, may be the U.S. military. AM General has provided a military-spec HUMMER to the students and is reportedly working on the next-generation of the soldi

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Back at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, we talked with Jim Stansbury, the founder and CEO of the Physics Lab of Lake Havasu, about his company's slightly quixotic quest to modify a Chevy Blazer so it wins the Progressive Auto X Prize. Stansbury and his crew are now also operating as Regen EV Shocks because of a new addition to the Blazer: hydraulic shocks that generate electricity while driving. It works on the computer, as you can see in this flash demo, but just how much energy the truck can gain

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