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Rear-end accident. The primary function of regenerative braking is to slow down the vehicle, but contrary to traditional braking systems, regenerative braking converts the kinetic energy of the vehicle into electric potential, in essence, recharging the battery. (Photo: Tommaso79/Shutterstock)

Regenerative braking is an integral part of an electric vehicle (EV) powertrain. Regenerative braking has become more common with the increased production of EVs. For many years, accident reconstructionists have discussed various deceleration factors including, but not limited to, full braking capacity and rolling resistance. As the number of electric vehicles on North American roads increases, it is important to consider how regenerative braking works.

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