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Old 10-28-2010, 02:16 PM   #17
Marin
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RE: Electric bike by VW

You'd have to come up with really good brakes since you don't have the "automatic" deceleration you get from a piston engine's compression. On the other hand, you can feed the electricity generated by turning an electric motor by the inertia of the vehicle into something that demands a huge amount of it and thus put a big resisting force into the wheels. In railroad locomotives this is called dynamic braking. Don't know if it would be scaleable down to a car or fast-acting enough for a race car.
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