You can do more than just take advantage of the inertia
by the Vehicle
POWER RECOVERY AND GENERATION BY THE VEHICLE
How And What
It ‘a very important aspect and at the same time also strongly promoted at the marketing level.
This right goal, is generally defined as Energy Recovery or Regenerative Braking, why generate power on board the vehicle is brought back to the possibility and ability to convert in electrical nature, the kinetic energy/power owned by a moving mass, which is precisely the self-propelled vehicle in varied motion conditions.
The devices and systems capable to optimize the convertible kinetic potential are different, but must be clarified immediately that recover all the recoverable amount – in addition to requiring a type of guide dedicated entirely different from the usual – still remains up today impossible, even spending the best and most sophisticated available technologies.
The reason for this truth is simple; just think and reflect on the possible gaits in which the vehicle doesn’t require power, but it has with the need to dissipate:
• Negative acceleration due to the soft slowing (stop of the power motor demand)
• Negative acceleration due to the more or less abrupt slowing (braking more or less intense)
• Containment of positive acceleration (downhill gait).
Recalling the use you do of the brakes, and agreeing on the need that for safety reasons, the braking of the electric type (electric machine in function as electric generator) must be configured as assistance and not substitutive of the traditional, it is unnecessary to explain in detail how in the realty, being also the technology limits, the greater recovery is attributable to a good technology managed by a careful driving applied in the downhill gaits.
In good speaking, this recovery opportunity offered by the electric machine indicatively can reach even 20% of the higher energy which has been required in the uphill, while it is negligible in flat gait since as known, these machines require power only for the movement and not for the quiet, thus making for their nature already nil these losses typical of the stop and go gait, of other powering.
Even more interesting than exploit the inertia alone, appears to be the opportunity in the electric-muscular hybrid to produce electrical power, for transformation of the physical that you choose to provide in excess of that required for the movement of the vehicle.
With vehicles properly designed (with two or more wheels), usefully, you might yourself enjoy simulating uphills by pedaling in plains, favoring at the same time the physical well-being as well as security for the reduced speed rate which can be produced with the same effort.
Similarly, it could be done with the vehicle stationary, if its project allows it.
Minimal Powertain AG is born from the idea-perhaps illusory desire, to see many vehicles with four seats in assisted pedaling around the city, having in its DNA promote “real” mobility solutions for short range that favor energy saving, reduction of environment pollution and the maintenance of good health with physical exercise, without penalize the user and instead improving his integration in the social context.
So it would seem, though many signs and some contexts suggest at least a pause for reflection.