The Porsche Taycan generates new energy when braking. This becomes possible with a unique recuperation management system. But how does it work?
With internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, applying the brakes converts kinetic energy into heat, which they’re unable to use. Electric vehicles, on the other hand, can recover a large portion of this energy, using the electric machines as generators when slowing down and storing the power generated in the battery.
The Taycan’s electric motor can also function as a generator, in which case the motor continues to turn in the same direction, but is now powered by the wheels rather than powering them itself. It generates electrical energy, rather than consuming it.
The faster the vehicle is traveling, the more energy is recuperated. For example, when braking from 100 km/h, the Taycan generates four times as much energy as when braking from 50 km/h.
With this clever strategy in the background, the Taycan secures around one-third of its range with the recovery of brake energy (i.e., recuperation), which means fewer stops for recharging.