Mazda’s i-ELOOP is world’s first capacitor-based renegerative braking system
Mazda Motor Corporation has managed a ground-breaking achievement with the development of the world’s first capacitor-based regenerative braking system for passenger vehicles, dubbed the i-ELOOP.
i-ELOOP, which stands for “Intelligent Energy Loop”, features a new 12-25V variable voltage alternator, a low-resistance electric double layer capacitor and a DC/DC converter, using which it efficiently converts the vehicle’s kinetic energy into electricity during vehicle deceleration. Such a system eliminates the need for a dedicated electric-motor and mountains of batteries. The recovered energy is stored in the capacitor for later use, to power the car’s electrical systems and even the car battery as needed. With the new technology, Mazda claims up to 10 percent increase in fuel economy.
The new regenerative braking technology will be revealed in the Mazda Takeri Concept, a mid-size concept sedan which is set to debut at the Tokyo Auto Show, and also boasts SKYACTIV technology and “KODO – Soul of Motion” theme.