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DS showcases concept electric car with no need for brakes

DS E-Tense Performance concept

DS Automobiles has built a new prototype electric vehicle (EV) that uses electric motor regeneration instead of conventional brakes.

The DS E-Tense Performance concept uses technology from the brand’s Formula E race car, using its two onboard motors to slow the vehicle via regenerative braking.

Though regenerative braking is already available in most electric vehicles, the technology is currently used to complement conventional friction brakes – however DS is exploring whether regenerative braking alone could eventually be the sole method to slow cars down, helping to better recharge the battery in the process, and doing away with conventional brake discs and pads.

Beatrice Foucher, DS Automobiles CEO said: “Formula E is about maximising performance and efficiency, and the DS E-Tense Performance is our vision of a road car utilising our race-winning technology.

Regenerative braking is a very powerful way to not only slow the vehicle down, but also help improve battery performance.

The DS E-Tense Performance takes the technology to a new level, with regenerative braking used solely to slow the vehicle down.” 

The DS E-Tense Performance has been developed in conjunction with the brand’s championship winning Formula E team and uses the same electric motors that can be found in the electric race cars.

With 815PS on tap and 8,000Nm of torque, the car can accelerate from 0-62mph in just two seconds.

Using 350kW charging, a full charge can be completed in just five minutes.

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