Regenerative braking and pedaling? It’s true–the next installment of the Eneloop hybrid electric or “pedelec” bike gathers power not only from the kinetic energy lost during braking, but from the extra effort you put into pumping, too.
According to Dvice, Sanyo’s new Eneloop SPL models are even more efficient than their predecessors. This is said to be due to the fact that the bike gets a charge not just out of coasting downhill or regenerative braking (much like the Prius and other hybrid autos), but also gathers the energy you expend even as you’re pedaling across level ground. Which means more green energy for helping you summit those steep hills, via electric assist.
This new “Eco Charge Mode” represents a new style of energy-creating bike models, according to Sanyo, and works by ascertaining overall conditions such as foot pressure on the pedals and changes in dynamotor revolution speed while adjusting for the change in various conditions such as the rider’s amount of exertion, speed, and overall road conditions. The new models also feature a “Power Reserve” function, in the rare case that you still manage to run out of juice mid-trip.