A new regenerative braking system has recently been introduced by Mazda. The machine uses kinetic energy from braking to power the car’s electrical system. The “Intelligent Energy Loop” system is called I ELOOP for short. The system is intended to make an internal combustion automobile function as almost as possible like a hybrid automobile.
Generally kinetic energy is lost in the brakes and heat but is converted into electricity with this system. An Electric Double layer Capacitor is used for storage. This is where the electricity is then sent.
Engine going on and off
You are able to conserve fuel with the “i-stop” program named by Mazda that shuts off the motor automatically whenever the automobile stops. The electricity stored in the super-capacitor is then used to run auxiliary capabilities such as the sound system, lights, heating, and ac. Then, you are able to get the engine to automatically start. The accelerator gets depressed at that point.
Much better gas mileage
For stop and go city driving the system will be great. As reported by a Mazda press release:
“In real-world driving conditions with frequent acceleration and braking, ‘i-ELOOP’ improves fuel economy by approximately 10 percent.”
What’s wrong with it?
Power comes out very easily out of the super-capacitors that can only store electricity for a short while, as reported by “Car and Driver” arguing against the device. The article also explains that the super-capacitor doesn’t take long to charge. In fact, it will only take seconds. You will most likely never have to replace the super-capacitors since they last for a long time. This is certainly an advantage. Batteries do not do it.
BMW comparable to it
The system is comparable to the BMW EfficientDynamics system in that it stores power generated while braking. However, the BMW uses a more costly glass-mat battery instead of the capacitor.
Accessible in 2012
Mazda Motors plans to start introducing the machine in its new vehicles next year.
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