Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Mazda's i-ELOOP: Turning Stopping Power Into Real Power

When the all new Mazda 6 rolls into dealerships nationwide early next year, they are going to be equipped with Mazda’s latest safety and energy saving features. Highlighting one of these features, the new i-ELOOP regenerative braking system will harness energy lost from braking to help power electrical systems that car owners use every day such as air conditioning and the audio system. The i-ELOOP system improves fuel economy by 10 percent by applying energy that would otherwise be lost during braking to charge a capacitor that returns the energy as electricity to help power the electrical systems in the car. The chart below illustrates how the i-ELOOP system works while in motion and during a stop.

The second the foot comes off the pedal, the i-ELOOP system kicks into gear. One of the benefits of using a capacitor over a battery is that it can quickly be charged and discharged unlike a battery. In just a few seconds, the alternator can fully charge the capacitor and power the electrical components without needlessly wasting fuel. Expect more news in the future when Mazda reveals more about the 2014 Mazda 6. Check back here for Mazda news or visit SportMazdaOrlando.com to learn how the Mazda Experts at Don Mealey’s Sport Mazda in Orlando, Florida can help you with your Mazda needs today.