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Energy recovery, a key component of eco-driving

Published by on 11.29.2018 - 2 min

Regenerative braking and eco-driving best practices significantly increase the range of an electric car.

Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed: the famous maxim attributed to Lavoisier makes perfect sense in the world of the electric car. Need an example? Regenerative braking! When the driver of a Renault electric car lifts their foot off the accelerator pedal or presses the brake, the engine uses the kinetic energy from the deceleration to generate an electric current that recharges the battery.
Constantly better recovering the energy that is consumed is one of the keys to eco-driving, the collection of good practices that teaches us how to drive smarter and go further.

Achieving a smooth and economical ride

Every day, the Renault ZOE’s dashboard provides its driver with real-time information about his or her driving style and efficiency in terms of energy consumption. By avoiding sudden accelerations and anticipating when it’s time to brake, the indicator remains green, signalling economic driving. When needed, the ECO mode takes control of optimising acceleration, setting the cruising speed or deciding when to brake, for a further boost to your range. It’s enough to tide you over until the advent of inductive roads which, in the world of tomorrow, will allow drivers to charge their battery while on the move!


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