Now tyres are taking their turn to boost your battery
Published 08/07/2015 | 02:30
Tyres could help generate power for the electric cars of the future, it is reported.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are said to have developed a 'nanogenerator' which will tap electricity from tyres' friction with the ground.
The UW-Madison team have come up with a method of turning mechanical energy into electric energy and tailored it for use in ordinary cars.
It is claimed that reclaiming electricity from tyres could significantly add to electric-car range by boosting the battery on the move.
Apparently the high rate of turning makes tyres an ideal medium for the application of this technology.
Early prototype applications have recouped more than 10pc of the energy expended by a tyre.
But that is expected to improve as time goes by and technology improves.