How recuperation helps you cover more miles per charge

Who’d have thought that braking could help keep you moving?

How recuperation works

Electric and plug-in hybrids are powered by electrical energy, which is why we connect them to an electric power source to gain charge. However, there are other energy sources that can be harnessed when driving an electric vehicle, such as the energy created when we brake. Our sustainable vehicles are capable of recuperating that energy and transferring it into battery charge. Watch this video to see the technology in motion.

The power of recuperation is in your hands

Change the driving profile of your electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle to control the intensity of your braking and recuperation.

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