When hybrid cars first appeared at the end of the 1990s they introduced a new concept to drivers: energy recovery under deceleration and braking. By recuperating a moving car's kinetic energy as it slows down and storing it as electrical energy, it can then be used to help the car speed up again, reducing fuel use. But is there a better way of storing that energy? Volvo's flywheel-based Kinetic Energy Recovery System, or KERS, is one alternative to storing energy in a battery. The Swedish marque has been testing kinetic systems for a few years now, and according to Autocar, says the...
Volvo Flywheel Hybrid System (aka KERS) Tests Completed Successfully
If you follow Formula One racing, you'll have heard of KERS, or Kinetic Energy Recovery System. There are several techologies being used, but among them is flywheel KERS, using a spinning flywheel to capture energy which can then be used at a later time. Volvo has been trialing such a system for...Antony Ingram
Flywheel KERS Boosts Gas Mileage By 20 Percent, Volvo Says
It's interesting to see the variations among green technologies as automakers, both in production cars and motorsports, strive for greater fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. The most common means for automakers to boost gas mileage thus far have been hybrid-electric technology and turbodiesel...Viknesh Vijayenthiran
Jaguar Tests Flywheel Hybrid System Just Like Racing Porsche
Since Ford sold Jaguar Land Rover to Indian carmaker Tata in TK, the luxury maker has stepped out a bit. Their green efforts have taken down several interesting technology paths that seem unlikely had they stayed underneath the Blue Oval of Dearborn. The latest to surface is a demonstration vehicle...John Voelcker