Mazda Develops New Regenerative Braking System
Regenerative braking seems to be all the rage these days with green automakers. After all, what could be more green than generating energy for use in driving... while you're driving? This is a feature that we here at Avondale Mazda would love to see in every vehicle on the road in the future, and the brilliant minds at Mazda are at least making sure that they can be present in every vehicle in their lineup.
That's right, Mazda is actively working to develop a new regenerative braking system for use in its lineup, and it can be taken advantage of by any vehicle that the company creates. known as the Intelligent Energy Loop (or i-ELOOP), the system employs a variable voltage alternator, a low-resistance capacitor and a DC/DC converter to generate electricity whenever the vehicle's brakes are put to use.
This power is then used by the various electronic components in the vehicle, easing up use on the battery, though that isn't the only use that it has. This system is also used to improve the fuel economy of the vehicle, increasing fuel economy by as much as ten percent. And while the new system's development is impressive, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to that when combined with the Japanese automaker's new SkyActiv system, vehicles will be cruising on as little fuel as possible.
Which model will gain the new i-ELOOP system first? At this time we can't say for sure, but we can say that we'd love to see it in models like the MAZDA6, MAZDASPEED3, and Mazda CX-7. Either way, with or without regenerative braking, the quality that is present in every new Mazda is undeniable.
And if you'd like to see that quality for yourself, then feel free to arrange a test drive at 10675 W Papago Fwy Avondale, AZ 85323 by contacting us online or by phone at (888) 879-9106. Aside from simply arranging a test drive, we can also answer any questions that you may have regarding specific models, such as the MAZDA5 and Mazda MX-5 Miata, as well as the lineup of used Mazda that we carry too.