Known as GenShocks, the contraptions will mean that motorists will no longer just worry about their suspension, but regard every jolt as potentially cutting the cost of a visit to the filling station.
This in turn means that less fuel is needed to power the electrics.
This is because the devices not only absorb the impact from driving over rough surfaces but convert it into electricity as well.
The power generated from the bumpy ride is then used for the myriad of devices which rely on electricity from the car’s alternator – such as headlights, windscreen wipers and sound system.
The question is, will it make any difference?
I’m certainly under the impression (and do correct me if I’m wrong) that the alternator simply runs at the same speed/power level all the time. When you switch on the lights, it’s not revving the car more so as to generate more electricity. You’ve a standard amount of electricity being generated all the time….if you don’t use it then it’s just wasted. I think the process is that the alternator runs all the time, feeds it into the battery and then, when you use some, it’s drawn from the battery.
If this is so then having more electricity being generated elsewhere doesn’t make any difference, does it?
If the alternator doesn’t rev the engine to make more power, then making more power elsewhere won’t not rev the engine and save fuel, will it?
Update….looking at the comments it’s lucky I don’t engineer things, isn’t it?