Braking a vehicle consists in reducing its kinetic energy. That energy usually dissipates in the form of heat on the brake discs. But on electric vehicles it can be transformed into electric power and stored in a battery. Using a decoupled pedal, the vehicle battery recovers the energy.

Second-generation regenerative braking on ZOE

Decoupled pedal: second generation regenerative braking on ZOEThe new-generation regenerative braking system maximizes the range of ZOE.
As with Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Z.E., when the driver lifts his foot from the accelerator pedal, the engine rotates in the opposite direction to produce electricity and fuel the battery.
The newly developed system on ZOE coordinates the braking of the car by dividing the load between the engine brake and the regular brakes, making the best use of both and optimizing energy recovery.
This system contributes to making ZOE the volume-production electric vehicle with the longest range in the world, at 210 km over a homologated cycle.