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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.