Volcanoes, the Nissan Leaf…and Trolley Cars?

By Admin | Posted in New Technology, Nissan Leaf on Monday, April 28th, 2014 at 9:46 pm

Nissan Regeneratie Braking System

Here’s a brain-buster for Houston-area drivers: what, if anything, does the Nissan Leaf have in common with an electric trolley car? If you immediately figured that their relationship is related to their ubiquity on the streets of San Francisco, belivee it or not, you actually aren’t far off. Both a Nissan Leaf and a San Francisco trolley car share what is called a Regeneratie Braking System, which conerts energy that can be fed into a charging system to replenish battery power.

Let’s try to simply explain a concept that is so complex it makes some people’s brains hurt just by mentioning it. Driers of the 2014 Nissan Leaf are able to capture energy during coasting or braking, which is then recycled back into the vehicle’s power supply. Those who paid close attention during grade school physical science may remember that energy can never be destroyed, but that it can only be dispersed and redistributed. This helps to explain what happens when you brake or accelerate in the Nissan Leaf: the energy produced during the friction of braking or coasting actually helps to produce the power needed for acceleration.

Embedded below is a video that greatly captures this process in action. Neil Wagner is an actual Leaf driver liing in Maui, Hawaii, residing in the shadow of the olcanoes of the Haleakala National Park. During the ascent to the summit of the breathtaking Haleakala Crater, energy in the Leaf’s electric motor is being sapped by the rigors of the task. Then, during the descent from the summit, the Nissan Leaf replenishes this energy by tapping into the friction from the braking and coasting from downhill driing, gaining energy all through the downward journey.

In much the same way as trolley cars generate energy using Regeneratie Braking Systems, the 2014 Nissan Leaf presents drivers with innoatie energy production that is mind-boggling in its innoation. To learn more about the amazing ways that the Nissan Leaf continues to push the boundaries of conceptual design, isit our wonderful showroom in the Houston area at Robbins Nissan in Humble, Texas.


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