Electric car: DS Automobiles introduces new EV prototype without conventional brakes
DS Automobiles has taken future vehicle technology to a new level by developing a car without traditional brakes. The Paris-based luxury automaker has developed a prototype electric vehicle that uses only the regeneration of the electric motor.
These would be used in place of traditional brakes, which the company believes represent a “potential future for electric vehicles.”
DS used technology from the brand’s Formula E race car, the DS E Tense Performance.
It uses two integrated electric motors to fully slow the vehicle through regenerative braking with up to 600 kW.
The brand is now investigating whether regenerative braking alone could be used as the sole means of slowing cars.
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Beatrice Foucher, CEO of DS Automobiles, praised the technology and said it could bring great benefits in the future.
She added: “Formula E is about maximizing performance and efficiency and the DS E Tense Performance is our vision of a road car utilizing our race-proven technology.
“Regenerative braking is a very powerful way not only to slow down the vehicle, but also to help improve battery performance.
“The DS E Tense Performance takes the technology to a new level as regenerative braking is used solely to slow the vehicle.”
The DS E Tense Performance was developed in collaboration with the brand’s masterful Formula E team.
It also uses the same electric motors found in the electric racing cars.
With 815 hp on tap and a massive 8,000 Nm of torque, the DS vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just two seconds.
With a charging capacity of 350 kW, a full charge can be completed in just five minutes.
DS has not given any information on the braking distances of the electric prototype.
It has also not been confirmed whether the car or its lack of conventional brakes will hit the road in the future.
DS Automobiles was only launched in 2009 but has made great strides in the automotive space, especially in electric vehicles.
In May 2018, the company announced that by 2025 it would only market electric four-wheel drive and hybrid vehicles.
One of his most popular cars, the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense, is an all-electric compact SUV that can be charged to 80 percent in 30 minutes and has a range of around 200 miles.