How do regenerative brakes work on an electric or hybrid car?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Honda Accord, Honda Clarity on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 at 3:01 pm
2019 Honda Insight exterior front fascia and drivers side going fast on desert road

Regenerative braking is something that helps your electric or hybrid vehicle and its gas mileage, but how does it actually work? We’re here to find out.

What is regenerative braking?

So you’ve heard about regenerative braking, but aren’t entirely certain what it means when it comes to your hybrid or electric car. No worries, it isn’t anything bad. In fact, it is the opposite. Regenerative braking is about reusing the energy that your car has in order to give you more miles as you drive. Think about it as recycling. It takes the kinetic energy, or the motion, of your vehicle and gives it to the battery on your car when you brake.

This means that your car is actually recharging as you drive. Not enough for you to keep driving forever, of course, but enough to potentially tack on an extra mile or two as the energy is given back to the battery and helps it to recharge.

So why should you care? Well, this process is what helps your hybrid or electric get more miles and thereby helps to improve fuel efficiency.

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid exterior front fascia and drivers side parked on road with forest

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid exterior front fascia passenger side road and tree covered hills

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Hybrid vehicles in Dayton

Driving an electric or hybrid vehicle is not only a fun experience but also a great way to help when it comes to pollution. Plus, you get the added benefit of knowing that this is can potentially help to save gas money because of the battery your car runs on. So, it’s no surprise that these types of vehicles are becoming more and more popular as people make the switch from normal gas cars to something a little more eco-friendly.

Here at Matt Castrucci Honda, we have the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid, and the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In, and are anxiously waiting for the release of the new 2019 Honda Insight. Both vehicles have their own characteristics that make them good choices when considering a hybrid vehicle. If you are interested in one of these, feel free to contact us, or swing by for a test drive!

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