Mazda develops a regenerative braking system capable of improving fuel economy by approximately 10 per cent

The new i-ELOOP system, the first of its kind in the world to use a capacitor, will begin to appear in Mazda vehicles from 2012

Mazda's new i-ELOOP regenerative braking system for passenger cars efficiently converts the vehicle's kinetic energy into electricity as it decelerates, using the electricity to power the climate control, audio system and numerous other electrical components.

The unique capacitor technology in i-ELOOP can store large volumes of electricity and, unlike batteries, can be charged and discharged rapidly and is resistant to deterioration through prolonged use.

The name i-ELOOP is an adaptation of 'Intelligent Energy Loop' and represents Mazda's intention to efficiently recycle energy in an intelligent way.

Regenerative braking systems are growing in popularity as a means of saving fuel. They use an electric motor or alternator to generate electricity as the vehicle decelerates, thereby recovering a portion of the vehicle's kinetic energy. Unlike the regenerative braking systems found in hybrid vehicles, Mazda's highly efficient solution avoids the need for a dedicated electric motor and battery.

Mazda's first vehicle for the UK and European market to have the full range of innovative SKYACTIV technologies will be the Mazda CX-5 compact SUV, set for launch in Spring 2012.

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