Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Fuel-Saving Shocks

PostedJanuary 10, 2010

Randy Atkins: Hybrid cars recover some energy from braking…but Zack Anderson, co-founder of Levant Power, says there are lots of other places to tap.  They’ve engineered a shock absorber with a mini-generator.

Zack Anderson: It looks exactly like a standard shock and it acts like a standard shock.  The only difference is, instead of dissipating energy as heat, we’re capturing it as electricity.

Randy Atkins: That electricity can either charge a hybrid’s battery or allow a conventional vehicle’s fuel-consuming alternator to work less.  Anderson says the gasoline savings would range from two to ten percent…

Zack Anderson: That’s saving large fleets tens of millions of dollars a year.

Randy Atkins: …and, on a nationwide scale, could put a big dent in gas use and emissions.   With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103-point-5 F-M and WTOP-dot-com.