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Panasonic 12V Energy Recovery System developed for vehicle fuel economy

A new system for automobile is currently developed and mass produced by one of the largest Japanese electronics producers, Panasonic Corporation, for an improved fuel economy. It is called the 12V Energy Recovery system, specifically designed for idle-stop vehicles utilizing Ni-MH or nickel metal hydride batteries.

Aside from fuel efficiency, Panasonic’s 12V Energy Recovery system also helps enhance the overall performance of idle-stop vehicles. This is made possible by the new high-temperature resistant cells supported by the company’s proven battery technology.

The new system works by allowing the energy formed during braking to be stored into the batteries. The stocked energy will then be utilize to power the electrical parts of the vehicle, allowing power to become available even when the engine is not in use. The system will also supply power to the drive assist motor, thereby improving fuel economy of the vehicle.

Integrated into the new automobile system by Panasonic are the latest Ni-MH battery cells, which the company created based on its technology accumulated in the production of HEV batteries or the batteries used in hybrid electric vehicles.

Designed to sustain under high temperatures, the Ni-MH battery cells provide higher charging efficiency and durability. In addition, these battery cells also make the system installation more flexible as they can be settled in the engine compartment, where temperatures are high.

Eco cars such as HEVs and idle-stop system vehicles are highly opted by consumers these days, especially those after for a more improved fuel economy. But due to the fact that customary vehicles using idle-stop systems depend much on single lead-acid batteries to handle all the vehicle’s electrical needs, the battery is put under too much pressure. In order to resolve this problem, Panasonic came up with the idea of creating a new 12V Energy Recovery System. Besides resolving issues on battery loads and functionality, the new vehicle system by Panasonic also enhanced fuel economy.

Panasonic has been known for developing durable lithium-ion and Ni-MH batteries for eco vehicles since 1997 and then began mass production in 2004. The latter battery types are known for being able to sustain high charging/discharging capacity under high temperature, over an extended period of time.


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