Electric car that recharges its battery with only regenerative braking?

Today's Toronto Star (Canada's highest circulated newspaper) asks you to image the following:

Imagine a battery system in an all-electric car that can be recharged almost exclusively by braking and accelerating, or what Heins calls "regenerative acceleration." No charging from the grid. No assistance from gasoline. No cost of fuelling up.

If that sounds like perpetual motion, well, you're right. The Toronto Star article is all about Thane Heins, the basement inventor of Perepiteia, a perpetual motion device. Thane formed Potential Difference Inc. in 2005 to market the invention and he is showing demonstrations to university professors.

Along with trying to contact greens like Al Gore, Richard Branson and John Doerr, Thane has contacted several green automotive types like Elon Musk of Tesla Motors, and Google's ReCharge IT plug-in car project. Why do people that create perpetual motion machines always want to make a car? Anyway, there is a good description here and mention of patents. So I will take a shot at figuring it out. Look for a follow up soon.

[Source: The Toronto Star]

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