Hybrid technology has been around for decades. Even before vehicles debuted hybrid technology it has been used for years in locomotives. Regenerative braking is when the roles of the electric motor change jobs and become the brakes as well as charger for the High Voltage (HV) battery. Trains weigh many thousands of pounds and conventional brakes get too hot and fade when used for long periods of time making the stopping distance vary too much. Regenerative braking is a much more effective form of braking for these heavy vehicles while charging the batteries that move them at the same time.
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