BMW creates something new! It is true that the electric vehicle segment is innovating, but there will certainly still be a lot to discover and perfect. In the field of vehicle autonomy, investigations remain focused on the batteries, but there may be mechanisms to recharge the battery when the vehicles are in motion.
BMW is developing a suspension capable of generating energy in the face of road irregularities and thus recharging the battery.
The BMW suspension operates and generates energy which is used to recharge the battery
Electric power is essential for electric cars to move. In addition to the energy stored in the batteries, which provide a certain autonomy, it would be interesting for the vehicles themselves to generate energy while moving. It is in this sense that BMW is working on a solution that has the suspension as energy-generating equipment.
In practice, as the suspension works to smooth out uneven ground, energy is generated and stored in the battery.
This BMW suspension, as far as we know, will be exclusively for electric vehicles. There is still no information on when it will be part of an electric model from the German brand.
It should be noted that traditionally, the energy of the wheels of a car passing over bumps is absorbed by the spring elements of the suspension, and this energy is then dissipated in the form of heat by the shock absorbers. The job of shock absorbers, as the name suggests, is to dampen and that results in a smoother ride.