2000-12-03 – Regenerative braking

Why do cars have brakes? As the whole system is massively inefficient, in
that all the force and energy goes into the heating of a steel or carbon fibre
disk. Would it not be possible to use a regenerative braking system, in place of
the front discs? Powerful magnets would induce massive currents in a coil, and
these could be used for charging of batteries, which, in turn, would remove the
need for an alternator and the associated loss of power it causes. This extra
energy would be enough to charge a large bank of batteries, and the use for
those will be explained next time..

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