Car makers have long been trying to find ways to harness more energy and power from cars. One of the most recent innovations to do so is regenerative braking, which converts kinetic energy into energy that can be stored to power the car.
Recently, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, an automotive parts specialist, and its partner Levant Power Corp., announced that they have developed a commercially viable active suspension system that can turn motion from your car into energy.
The concept behind this is that whenever your car sways when turning or bounces over uneven roads, energy is lost to its surroundings. Taking advantage of the motion in the suspension, this new system called GenShock, uses fluid in its suspension system to drive an electric motor, converting kinetic energy into electricity. The rougher the road and the harder the car corners, the more energy it creates.
ZF has also said that we could see this technology on the road in a couple of years. The problem now is convincing car makers that this is a technology worth pursuing.