Regenerative Braking in the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Hybrids are changing the game for drivers looking for elite fuel economy. Although the entire industry has upped its game in this area, there are few mainstream vehicles that can hold a candle to the fuel-economy figures of a quality hybrid like the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. According to EPA estimates, the Sonata Hybrid returns 40 mpg in the city and 44 mph on the highway, and a lot of that incredible fuel economy can be attributed to a carefully crafted hybrid system. Building a vehicle this sporty and efficient is no easy task, and one of the features Hyundai called upon to help is a regenerative braking system.
The Hyundai Sonata gets its power from a 51-horsepower electric motor teamed with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. To keep that electric motor running, the Sonata Hybrid houses a 1.6-kWh lithium-ion battery that recharges as you drive thanks to regenerative braking.
How Does Regenerative Braking Work?
Regenerative braking is simply a smarter way of using energy. In a traditional gas-powered car, you waste energy every time you brake, as the kinetic energy your car had moving forward is lost. Without getting overly technical, regenerative braking simply takes that energy, stores it, and uses it to charge that 1.6-kWh battery we mentioned earlier. When that battery is charged, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid can rely more heavily on its electric motor to supply power so you aren’t using as much fuel, thus saving you considerable money at the pump.
Of course, regenerative braking is a little more complicated than that, and there are plenty of online sources that can help you understand the science behind it. As a car shopper, however, it’s important you know Hyundai is doing everything it can to ensure you get the most mpg out of the Sonata Hybrid.
See how this system works in coalition with a sporty driving experience by getting behind the wheel of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid near Denver, CO at Schomp Hyundai.